Ex-Yankees slugger Matt Carpenter loses team within three days of joining
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Within three days of joining, Matt Carpenter‘s stint with the formidable Atlanta Braves was cut short, and once the formidable Yankee lost his MLB position.
Following the Braves’ acquisition of Matt Carpenter, along with left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and cash from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Drew Campbell on Friday, reports indicate that the team decided to release him on Monday. The intention was initially to trade Carpenter, but it appears that the plans did not materialize.
In essence, the Braves absorbed $4 million of Matt Carpenter’s $5.5 million salary to facilitate the acquisition of Kerr from the San Diego Padres. This move aligns with San Diego’s strategy of reducing payroll during the current offseason.
Following the Yankees‘ revival of Matt Carpenter’s career in 2022, the 38-year-old experienced a decline, posting a .176 batting average with a .641 OPS, five home runs, and 31 RBI in 188 at-bats during the 2023 season with the Padres. In contrast, during his 47 games (128 at-bats) with New York, Matt Carpenter achieved remarkable statistics, hitting .305 with an exceptional 1.138 OPS, along with 15 home runs and 37 RBI. He primarily served as a designated hitter but also demonstrated versatility by playing multiple positions.
The journey of Matt Carpenter
Capitalizing on his impressive performance in the rebounding 2022 season, Matt Carpenter secured a lucrative two-year, $12 million deal that featured a player option for 2024. In November, he opted to exercise the player option, committing to the 2024 season at a salary of $5.5 million.
The Padres found themselves regretting the deal, as Matt Carpenter remained sidelined without making an appearance in a game from July 25 to Aug. 14, despite being on the roster, as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Currently, he may explore opportunities with a different team, potentially accepting a significantly reduced salary and an uncertain role, but the process may be time-consuming as teams prioritize addressing their more pressing needs.
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