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Carpenter was a third-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2008. He made 42 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee, Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs. He spent four years in the minors before seeing his first major league action last season, when he posted no record and a 2.79 ERA in 10 appearances.
"If you're going to pick two teams to play for, why not the Cubs and the Red Sox?" Carpenter said. "You can't complain about that."
The Red Sox bullpen is in a state of flux and it's one of new manager Bobby Valentine's chief concerns this spring. Andrew Bailey was acquired from Oakland in December to replace closer Jonathan Papelbon and setup man Daniel Bard has been moved to the starting rotation. The Red Sox have 36 pitchers in camp, hoping that the numbers will help them bolster the depth of the relief corps.
The Cubs, meanwhile, can finally close the book on their biggest acquisition in years.
"Now we can just move forward with the spring without worrying about the compensation," Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said in Mesa, Ariz., at Chicago's spring training complex. "Chris is a very good reliever. He's a difficult guy to lose. I think we all realized we were going to lose something of significant value when Theo came over here, and this doesn't change that.
"I hope Chris has a lot of success over there. Obviously the Cubs are really excited about the new management team with Theo leading it, so there was a price to be paid for that."
As for the players to be named later, Hoyer called it a "procedural" thing to meet MLB transaction rules.
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