The Yankees have traded left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to the Braves for reliever David Carpenter and left-handed minor league relief prospect Chasen Shreve, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Banuelos was in the process of working his way back from Tommy John surgery last season and might have been able to see his first taste of the big leagues at some point in 2015.
Carpenter is 29 years old and pitched to a 3.54 ERA in 61 innings last season in Atlanta. In 65.2 innings the season before he was quite a bit better, to the tune of a 1.78 ERA. After shipping Shawn Kelley off to San Diego last week, it's possible that Carpenter will fill the vacancy left in New York's bullpen instead of going to one of the rookie relievers in the system.
The other player in the deal, Chasen Shreve, saw time in Double-A, Triple-A, and MLB in 2014. Between the two minor league affiliates he pitched to a 2.67 ERA in 64 innings before giving up one run in 12.1 big league innings. He might be slated to start the season in Triple-A, but it wouldn't be that much of a shock for him to make the big league bullpen after seeing time in the majors last season.
It's kind of sad to see Banuelos go after how highly-regarded he was before he ran into issues and ultimately required surgery. His loss makes the Triple-A starting rotation for the Yankees look even worse than it did before, and it was already pretty bad. It seems like the team is really focusing on moving parts around in the bullpen this offseason, and this is just another form of that. Shawn Kelley mentioned that his departure was part of a bigger plan on the part of Brian Cashman. Maybe this move is more of that, as well.
Good luck in Atlanta, ManBan.
FWIW, I had Shreve projected for a 2.73 ERA in the Braves pen. My now obsolete draft guide writeup: pic.twitter.com/XGz870ZSbx— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) January 1, 2015