Carpenter, who ranked 11th on the 2012 Cubs Composite Top Prospects list, has a fastball that sits in the 95 mph range and can reach 100, but has also dealt with control issues. He has a career 4.2 BB/9 in the minors, including a 6.4 mark in two seasons at AAA. He is a decent prospect, but does not project to be much more than a middle reliever.
With the addition of the PTBNL's from both sides, this is still not over. However, there is an April 15th deadline for determining these last two players and Red Sox GM Ben Cherrington expects resolution by the end of Spring Training.
Overall, its not a big loss for the Cubs and probably not what the Red Sox were hoping for in terms of "significant compensation", but its good to know that we can soon put this all behind us. As Theo said in a statement released today:
"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. More than anything, I'm excited that we can all move forward and focus exclusively on getting ready for the season. I wish Chris and the Red Sox nothing but the best in 2012 and beyond."With that issue settled, we can now focus on Spring Training and the upcoming season. Tomorrow, I will be unveiling my 2012 MLB Composite Top 100 Prospects list. In addition, over the next several weeks I will take a look at the Cubs' position battles for the spring, preview each of the NL Central teams and take a look at the Cubs new and improved minor league system.