Remember the Chris Carpenter who was the other Chris Carpenter? He’s the one the Cubs sent to the Red Sox last year as compensation for Theo Epstein. He then was hurt, there was speculation about the Cubs knowing, etc. etc. Well, young Mr. Carpenter was recently designated for assignment by the Red Sox.
A source with knowledge of the situation indicated the Cubs would be interested in signing him if he is put on waivers.
Carpenter was the final compensation that the Red Sox received for allowing former general manager Theo Epstein to leave in order to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations.
Poor Chris was a casualty of the Mike Napoli signing. The Cubs won’t be able to just snatch him up, though.
The Red Sox have 10 days to trade Carpenter before they must put him on waivers. If no club claims Carpenter, Boston could re-sign him to a minor league contract.
Like Boston, the Cubs also have a full 40-man roster, which would most likely preclude a trade between the clubs.
He had a tough time of it in six major league innings last season, walking 10 and striking out only two. He also gave up six runs in those six innings. His minor league numbers looked much better, with 25 strikeouts in 21.2 innings with only 10 walks. It appears as though he can still pitch (with control problems), but wouldn’t it just be cool to reacquire the guy that was compensation for Theo?