Finally – the Cubs have to send reliever Chris Carpenter to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for hiring away Theo Epstein as its new President of Baseball Operations. This was a long time coming and although Carpenter has only had 10 mediocre major league appearances, it seems like a “too high” price to pay for someone that doesn’t even take the field. Throw in the fact that the Red Sox chose NOT to keep Epstein (he was under contract as the Red Sox GM for 1 more year and they could have renegotiated an extension with him if they wanted to), and this seems like a bit of a coup for the Red Sox who are in need of pitching help anywhere they can find it.
Epstein had this to say – “I am relieved that this process is over and particularly pleased that the teams were able to reach agreement on their own without intervention from MLB… 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.”
Carepenter is 26 years old and he appeared in 42 games for the Cubs in 2011 – at the Double-A, Triple-A and major league levels. He appeared in 10 games at the big league level – 2.79 ERA. In 4 minor league season, Carpenter is 21-19 with a 3.62 ERA.
At least this is finally over…