Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Red Sox, Cubs Finally Settle Theo Epstein Compensation

It's finally all over! Something we thought would be settled in early November is finally over as the Red Sox received Chris Carpenter (no, not that one) and a player to be named later for a player to be named later and Theo Epstein. Carpenter is a converted relief pitcher who cracked the majors last year. In 10 outings and 9.2 innings, Carpenter put up good numbers with the Cubs-- going 0-0/2.79/8. He had good strikeout numbers in the majors-- 7.45 per nine-- but control issues, with 6.52 walks per nine. This problem wasn't limited to the majors either, as he 6.82 per nine in 22 outings at AAA Iowa. The 26 year old power arm throws a fastball and a slider-- his fastball averages out at a blistering 96.5 mph and his slider isn't too shabby at 88.2. It'll be interesting to see who the Red Sox and Cubs pitch in as their players to be named later. Still, Carpenter looks like a guy who has a lot of potential and could potentially make the team out of spring training if he impresses.

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