Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in March 2015.
PFree Agent  
December 17, 2013
Carpenter was released by the Red Sox on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reports.
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Carpenter initially joined the Red Sox as compensation for former general manager Theo Epstein moving to the Cubs; however, after failing to make his mark in the major leagues, Carpenter is now expected to sign with Japan's Yakult Swallows.
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Carpenter, the player Boston acquired for letting general manager Theo Epstein bolt to the Cubs, underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow and was on the 60-day disabled list for much of the season. The power-armed reliever has had a history of arm and elbow problems, including Tommy John surgery and a subsequent clean up of the elbow. He had good results at Triple-A Pawtucket upon his return and was promoted to Boston for some late-season work, but the command issues that have dogged Carpenter throughout his career surfaced in September, when he walked 10 batters in six innings. He starts with a clean slate in 2013 and there are openings in the bullpen, so he will compete for a roster spot during spring training.
Carpenter has a good arm (he averaged 97 mph on his fastball in 9.2 major league innings), but injuries (two elbow surgeries in previous years, a strained oblique in 2011) have derailed his career so far. He's also had control problems at virtually every level. Sent to the Red Sox as part of the compensation for the Cubs' acquisition of Theo Epstein, his path to big league innings is a bit more cluttered. Barring a breakthrough in spring training, expect him to begin the year in the high minors where he'll try to hone his command. If he does, he could find himself in a high-leverage relief role at some point this season.
Carpenter throws hard (up to 98 mph) and has a good curveball, but injuries (two elbow surgeries) and control issues have held him back. Barring a free-agent signing, the team's fifth rotation slot is up for grabs, and Carpenter could put himself in the mix this summer with a strong start at Triple-A. That said, he's probably behind Carlos Silva, Casey Coleman, Jay Jackson, Chris Archer and possibly even former first-round pick Andrew Cashner to get a shot in the rotation.
Duplicate entry - for the Cubs' version, use *Christopher* Carpenter.
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PBoston Red Sox  
April 12, 2013
Carpenter has 10 strikeouts and two walks in 4.1 innings out of the bullpen for Triple-A Pawtucket.
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PBoston Red Sox  
March 21, 2013
Carpenter was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
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PBoston Red Sox  
February 1, 2013
Carpenter was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
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PBoston Red Sox  
January 22, 2013
The Red Sox designated Carpenter for assignment Tuesday, according to the team's official Twitter account.
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PBoston Red Sox  
September 16, 2012
Carpenter picked up his first win as a member of the Red Sox on Friday, throwing two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief.
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