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Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: February 21, 2012 3:25 pm
 
Chris Carpenter

By C. Trent Rosecrans


In what only seems fitting, the Red Sox and Cubs have agreed upon the compensation for new Chicago president Theo Epstein, but there are still players to be named for both teams to complete the deal, dragging out the case even longer. The two teams have been trying to figure out the compensation for Epstein's move from Boston since the World Series, when Epstein was hired.

The Red Sox will receive right-hander Chris Carpenter (no, not that Chris Carpenter) and a player to be named, while the Cubs will also receive a player to be named. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters the players to be named will be decided by the end of spring training. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the two players to be named are just a "procedural" thing to satisfy MLB transaction rules.

Carpenter, 26, was ranked the No. 13 prospect in the Cubs' system by Baseball America (and the same publication had the Cubs' system ranked No. 14 overall).

The Cubs drafted him in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Kent State. Last season he pitched in 10 games for the Cubs, putting up a 2.79 ERA in 10 innings, allowing 12 hits, a home run, seven walks and eight  strikeouts. In his first season as a reliever, Carpenter pitched in 32 games between Double-A and Triple-A, going 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. He had a WHIP of 1.617.

"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," Epstein said in a statement from the Cubs. "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."

While there had been reports that Bud Selig would have to decide the matter, Selig said the two sides worked out the move on their own.

"I am pleased that the Cubs and the Red Sox have resolved this matter," Selig said in a statement realsed by MLB. "It has always been my preference that Clubs resolve matters like this amongst themselves, as they understand their unique circumstances better than anyone else could.  Though the matter required time, both Clubs demonstrated professionalism throughout their discussions, and I appreciate their persistence in finding common ground."

Cherington said he was happy to have the matter decided.

"I think it took this long because it was a unique circumstance," Cherington said, according to the Associated Press. "We talk to teams all the time about trades and it's player for player and it's pretty easy to, easier to, assign value and figure out what's fair, what's not fair. In this case it was just tougher because it involved not just an executive but a friend."

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Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

I agree with Zeppelin98 theo brought 2 WS to the sux, more then any other GM in 100 years did COMBINED.I believe theo could have sta on his laurels fo 2 years and still gotton paid. By signing with the Cubs, he saved yall money.



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

dude has a gun...hits triple digits on radar gun....just takes some learning and extra work. this kid could be good.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

Now, the next question: Do the Cubs owe San Diego anything for taking their general manager?  Or has that matter already been redressed without my hearing about it?



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

the Cubs will also receive a player to be named. . . . Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the two players to be named are just a "procedural" thing to satisfy MLB transaction rules.
Huh?  First of all, aren't there three players to be named, including the one the Cubs get?  And why are they getting one?  Are we supposed to believe that that player is somehow to balance things out?  Or is he just an excuse for the Cubs to say that he--not Epstein--is the one the guys they're giving up are really being traded for?



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

Ahhhhh... Let the games begin, spring is almost here!  I love it... Bashing Theo and ripping the Cubs.  Baseball is just around the corner!! 



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:44 am
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

"epstein is the worst GM ever, he signed dice K and lackey... "

Please put down the pipe. Epstein brought 2 World Series championships to a team that hadn't won a world series in 86 years, and for a guy in his 20's to turn around a club of "losers" in a team of winners, it's blasphemy to say he's the worst GM ever based on 2 pickups. The sox would not have won their first of two World Series titles if not for Theo trading Nomar for more defensive players; remember how the sox were 12 games back from the yankees before that trade and how the trade changed that entire season around? By somehow getting the sox to believe that Carpenter is a good player and accepting that trade shows how smart Theo really is, and if he can somehow bring a world series championship to chicago, just one, he will go down as one of the BEST GM's ever. But as a Red sox fan, getting Carpenter shows how the new sox GM is starting off on the wrong foot.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

This was one of the scariest things when I first saw it flash across the screen. 
All I caught was Chris Carpenter traded to Red Sox.
I was thinking are the cardinals nuts, what the heck are they doing, but then I rewound and remembered about this other Carpenter and that it was a cubs trade, it was a great relief.
Still, this is still really odd for this guy to know he was traded for the GM rather than another player.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

Did I read that right? 10 hits and 9 walks in 12 innings? And Epstein calls him "an extremely talented releiver". What????? Bud Selig had a chance to step in and prevent teams from poaching management from other teams. He has just set a bad precedent and you will see this start to happen more often. All a team has to give up is a 26 year old who cant put up good numbers in double A or triple A. He could have made the Cubs pay by forcing them to give up several prospects/players, but he dropped the ball again. Bud: "I've always felt that clubs should resolve matters like this amongst themselves" Read: "please dont make me do any work. I enjoy making boatloads of cash for sitting in my office, and making a public appearance or two; and never once thinking about whats good for the game"...



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

Ressox are a bunch of hosers!!!1 lmao



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:08 pm
 

Red Sox receive RHP Chris Carpenter for Epstein

"The Sox management got played by the Cubs.  I agree with SCPB.  Cherington had better start acting smart.  You can say the Cubs did not act in good faith but at the same time, Ben could just keep saying no.  Something smells rotten in all this"


rightttttttt..........


epstein is the worst GM ever, he signed dice K and lackey... 


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