Red Sox To Receive Chris Carter In Pena Deal

UPDATE: Looks like my below tip on Desmond didn’t pan out – Svrluga says pitcher Emiliano Fruto is the player going to Arizona.  Fruto was received from Seattle in the Jose Vidro deal. 

UPDATE: A source tells me that 22 year-old defensive-minded shortstop Ian Desmond is rumored to be headed to Arizona to complete the deal.

Turns out the Wily Mo Pena trade was a three-team affair.  The Nationals received Pena.  The Red Sox will receive 25 year-old first baseman Chris Carter from Arizona.  Since he’s not on the Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster, I believe the Sox can get Carter now.  That leaves a player to be named later going from Washington to Arizona.  Barry Svrluga has heard it’s someone not on Washington’s 40-man roster – perhaps Winston Abreu, Arnie Munoz, or Chris Booker.  The D’Backs are looking for relief help, but those all look like journeymen to me.

Carter is a respectable return for Pena.  According to Baseball America, he’s below average on defense but has the bat speed to become a middle of the order hitter.  He’s put up decent numbers in Triple A since 2006, though Tucson Electric Park definitely favors hitters.  Baseball Prospectus’s Kevin Goldstein isn’t jazzed with Carter, labeling him a Quad-A type.  He’s definitely not appealing to scouts, but could one day make a decent DH.  Interestingly, Todd Helton tops Carter’s comparables list but Dan Johnson is second.

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