The Red Sox today received their “player to be named later” from the trade that sent Wily Mo Pena to the Nationals last week.
The Nationals acquired lefthanded-hitting first base prospect Chris Carter from the Diamondbacks, then shipped Carter to the Red Sox to complete the Pena deal. The Globe’s Gordon Edes first reported last week that Carter would be the player to be named later.
The 24-year-old Carter is tearing it up at the Triple-A level, batting .324 with 18 homers and 84 RBIs in 126 games for the Tucson Sidewinders of the Pacific Coast League. In Triple-A last season, Carter belted 19 homers and drove in 97 runs to go with a .301 batting average.
Carter has improved his batting average in every year of his professional career, and has racked up an impressive 60 extra-base hits in the 2007 season. Carter is also among the top five in the Pacific Coast League in batting average and top 10 in homers.
The Nationals sent righthanded pitcher Emiliano Fruto to the Diamondbacks for Carter. Fruto was 3-9 with a 5.26 ERA in 18 appearances, including 16 starts, for Triple-A Columbus in 2007. Washington acquired him last offseason when it traded second baseman Jose Vidro to Seattle.
If the Red Sox don’t re-sign Mike Lowell in the offseason, it’s possible the Red Sox could move Kevin Youkilis to third base and give Carter a shot at winning the first baseman’s job for the 2008 season.
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The Globe’s Nick Cafardo has a little more on Carter here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.