Having read some of the comments in the other thread, I think everyone is WAY off base here. I’m not a fan of Pedro Feliz but David Carpenter was not a top 5 relief prospect and probably not a top 30 prospect. We traded a non-prospect for a really bad player. It’s perhaps the least consequential move possible but no one should be disappointed about losing Carpenter. If you want to call this a bad trade, focus on the acquisition of Feliz not the departure of Carpenter.
For David, he’s likely in a better place now. He’s got legitimate relief arm but he’s more of a fringe setup type than a closer (and that’s a pretty rosy assessment). The Astros system is barren as opposed to the Cardinals relief system that has guys like Adam Reifer, Eduardo Sanchez, Casey Mulligan, Blake King, Francisco Samuel, etc. in front of him.
Good luck, David.
[Update: Hardcore Legend]
The Cardinals acquired Pedro Feliz’s glove and some cash in exchange for David Carpenter’s arm.
While Feliz has been one of the worst hitters in baseball for quite a while, his defense will most certainly be better than that of Felipe Lopez. The offense has been stagnant of late (other than El Hombre) but it shouldn’t go without notice that at least one game this week was lost because Felipe has trouble with the catching and throwing aspect of the game.
As for David, he was a bit old for the level he was pitching at but as the closer he racked up 20 saves while posting a 8.4 k/9 rate this season. Carpenter picked up that 20th save last night while striking out 2 in the 9th. Since the end of May, David had pitched 31 IP while only giving up 4 ER and striking out 26.