Carpenter agreed to a minor league deal with the Rays, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Carpenter spent last year with the Angels but never made an appearance with the big league team, posting a 7.80 ERA across 15 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake. He last pitched in the majors in 2015, logging a 4.01 ERA in 24.2 innings with the Yankees and Nationals. He won't have much of an impact in 2017 and will primarily serve as an organizational depth piece.
Carpenter was signed by the Angels this week and has reported to Triple-A Salt Lake, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. The veteran righty was released by the Rays at the end of spring training and was a free agent up until recently when he was inked to a minor league deal with the Angels. He has made one outing at Salt Lake, striking out two batters in one inning of work.
Carpenter was released by the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carpenter was having a strong spring, allowing no earned runs in six innings, but didn't fit in the Rays' plans. The reliever has bounced around a lot since leaving Atlanta after the 2014 season and will need to find another home. Without any real out-pitches, Carpenter is stuck in a one-inning middle relief role wherever he goes.
Carpenter signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Friday that includes an invite to big league camp, the Tampa Bay Tribune's Roger Mooney reports. Carpenter, who was waived March 5 by the Braves, reported to camp Friday and will get to work on trying to earn a roster spot with the Rays. This is his sixth team since debuting in 2011, and while he could offer a veteran presence in the middle of the Rays' bullpen, he doesn't have the stuff to compete with the team's back-end arms for high-leverage opportunities.
Carpenter was released by the Braves on Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. While it might not be a surprise that the Braves would eventually release Carpenter, it is a surprise that they pulled the trigger so early in camp. This can't bode well for Carpenter's future in the league, as the Braves were the kind of rebuilding team that he should have had a decent chance at making.