Exactly four months ago, Theo Epstein had departed from the Boston Red Sox, a team he crafted to win two World Series championships. Following the historic Red Sox collapse in the 2011 season, Epstein jumped ship to the Chicago Cubs, and agreements for compensation have been swirling ever since.
After months of speculation, Epstein and Jed Hoyer reached an agreement with Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington that will bring relief pitcher Chris Carpenter to Boston in a three-player deal. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, who broke the story, the Cubs will send Carpenter and a player-to-be-named-later in exchange for a PTBNL being sent to the Cubs.
Carpenter, a 26-year-old pitcher has been deemed the 13th-best prospect in the Cubs system, according to Baseball America. In 2010, Carpenter had been converted into a relief pitcher who can throw an average 96.5 mph. He is not a very highly regarded player in the system, but many have come to believe he has potential to be a great long reliever. Upon the news breaking, Hoyer had this to say in regards to losing Carpenter:
I truly hope and believe that this resolution will benefit both clubs, as well as Chris, who is an extremely talented reliever joining a great organization at a time when there's some opportunity in the major league bullpen. More than anything, I'm excited that we can all move forward and focus exclusively on getting ready for the season.
It does seem apparent that Carpenter will get a shot on the major league squad, as he was placed on the roster today. To make room for him, Bobby Jenks was placed on the 60 day disabled list. He will come to Jet Blue Stadium to be evaluated on what his role will be in the team for 2012.
How do you rate this deal for the Red Sox
Last season, Carpenter had made 42 appearances through Double-A, Triple-A . He had 10 of those outings on the big league level and had a 2.79 ERA. Throughout his entire tenure in the minor leagues, he stands at 21-19 with a 3.62 ERA.
In terms of this analysts thoughts, I can't help but be a tad disappointed in this move. To quote Pete Abraham on his Twitter account, "That took four months? Really?" Carpenter is a solid player, but his notable control issues and his inconsistency do not equate to letting go of one of the greatest General Managers in the game. It was very difficult to picture the Red Sox receiving someone of the level of Matt Garza or a premier prospect, but it was not unthinkable to hope for a little more than Carpenter.
There is no question that the Cubs got the better end of this deal, as was to be expected, but it is disappointing to see Boston receive so little in return. Carpenter does not seem as if he will serve as a big piece to the 2012 puzzle for Bobby Valentine and company. If anything, the waiting for compensation is over for the most part, as there still are PTBNLs to be determined. Either way, it is difficult to imagine much more star power being in this deal.
Carpenter will have an opportunity to earn a spot on the MLB team in the bullpen and could serve as a formidable and accountable pitcher in the midst of the pen, if he can maintain his control. He now has the opportunity to work with the Red Sox pitching staff, which could be just what he needs. Again, it is a disappointing deal, but Carpenter could contribute in an already stellar bullpen.
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