The off-season trade for then-Braves reliever David Carpenter did not go as planned for the Yankees. Although they received the solid young lefty Chasen Shreve in addition to Carpenter in exchange for former top prospect Manny Banuelos, Carpenter did not live up to his billing. After posting a 2.63 ERA and 2.88 FIP over two years for Atlanta, he never got in a rhythm in pinstripes and had quite ugly numbers to his name after 22 games: 4.82 ERA, 5.31 FIP, and a 1.446 WHIP while allowing four of nine inherited runners to score. His strikeouts were down, his walks were up, fans were infuriated, and the Yankees decided to cut bait early, designating Carpenter for assignment on June 3rd.
It took them a little over a week, but Brian Cashman successfully found another GM who wanted to take a flier on Carpenter:
#Yankees have acquired minor league INF Tony Renda from the #Nationals in exchange for RHP David Carpenter.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 11, 2015
This seems like a fine outcome for all parties involved. Carpenter gets a fresh start back in the NL with another team, the Nats acquire a reliever with a decent background, and the Yankees receive an intriguing prospect in exchange for someone they were cutting anyway. With second base far from secure in the Bronx, it's probably a nice result for Renda, too, who was ranked prior to the season 12th in the Nationals organization by Baseball America, 22nd by MLB.com, and 18th by Minor League Ball's John Sickels.
Renda was a second round pick by the Nationals in the 2012 Draft, selected out of UC-Berkeley. He started with the Auburn Doubledays of the short-season New York-Penn League, and he hasn't spent more than a year at any level since then, as he batted .294/.380/.405 with 30 steals and a 130 wRC+ with Low-A Hagerstown before hitting .307/.381/.377 with 19 steals and a 119 wRC+ in High-A Potomac last year. After a somewhat forgettable stint in the Arizona Fall League, Renda began 2015 with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, and the early results were solid. He had a .267/.333/.340 triple slash and 13 steals in just 54 games, producing a roughly league-average wRC+ of 95. Renda has been by most accounts a fine defender at second base, something which I'm sure appealed to the Yankees.
For more scouting-based reports, here's what the Internet has to say on Renda:
Minor League Ball--John Sickels
Overall, Renda seems like a nice little pickup for Carpenter. I expect he'll immediately displace Jose Rosario as the Double-A Trenton Thunder's regular second baseman since Rosario is more of an organizational guy. Maybe Renda doesn't turn into anything, but hey, there's some potential there.
What are your thoughts?