Nationals acquire reliever David Carpenter from Yankees


Yankees reliever David Carpenter, who was designated for assignment last week, has been traded to the Nationals in exchange for minor league infielder Tony Renda.

Carpenter has bounced around a ton and is now on his fifth team at age 29, but he throws hard and has a 3.73 ERA with 212 strikeouts in 205 career innings as a big leaguer.

Renda was the Nationals’ second-round draft pick in 2012, but he’s hitting just .267 with one homer and a .673 OPS in 54 games at Double-A as a 24-year-old this season and is not considered much of a prospect.

The Buffalo Blue Jays? The team has reportedly asked about playing there

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The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.

The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:

Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.

This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.

As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.