Cubs agree to minor league deal with RHP Anthony Carter
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with 28-year old right-handed pitcher Anthony Carter, with an invitation to spring training. Carter has spent most of his career with the White Sox farm system, but also spent time in the Padres and Red Sox systems.
In 680 1/3 innings, Carter has posted a 4.59 ERA with a 7.6 K/9, mostly in relief in the past seven seasons. Early in his career with the White Sox, he spent his time as a starter, going 33-21. In 2013 with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple-A affiliate, he posted solid numbers, saving 24 games while posting a 3.47 ERA in 62 1/3 innings.
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He spent the 2014 season between the Padres organization and Japan, posting a 3.97 ERA in 45 1/3 innings for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
The move is simply to help create “safety in numbers”, as the Cubs are still thin in pitching throughout the system. Carter’s signing is low risk, and he’s produced well out of the bullpen over the last two years amongst his three stops. The bullpen was a actually a bright spot for the club, posting a 3.61 ERA, sparkling considering they were forced into early action more often than not.
The move will be one of many small signings the team makes over the coming months before pitchers and catchers report in February. The Cubs still appear to be in the running for catcher David Ross, as well as in the conversation for Colby Rasmus.
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