BOSTON, MA - JULY 22: Drew Carpenter #39 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 22, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Right-handed pitcher Andrew Carpenter has declined an assignment to Class Triple-A Las Vegas from the Toronto Blue Jays and has instead decided to elect free agency, as first reported by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. The team had designated Carpenter for assignment on Saturday and wanted to outright Carpenter to Class Triple-A this morning.
RHP Drew Carpenter declined an assignment to triple-A Las Vegas from the— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 8, 2012
#Jays and instead elected free agency.
The 27-year-old Carpenter is now free to sign with any team and will be looking to join his fourth different organization. However, I am somewhat surprised by Carpenter electing for free agency, since it is unlikely a team will offer a major league deal to him for this year.
In six appearances this year, Carpenter posted a 5.00 ERA across 9 innings of work along with a 9.0 K/9, 6.0 BB/9 and 4.0 HR/9.