Tucson Sidewinders first baseman Chris Carter, who expressed a desire to be traded earlier this season, got his wish Tuesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Carter to the Washington Nationals for pitcher Emiliano Fruto. The Nationals later shipped Carter to the Boston Red Sox to complete an earlier deal for outfielder Wily Mo Peña.
The Red Sox immediately sent Carter to Pawtucket of the International League.
Carter, who saw no future with the Diamondbacks because of the talented young hitters they have, led Tucson in 10 offensive categories. He was batting .324 with 18 home runs and 84 RBIs.
“I am happy for Chris,” said Sidewinders manager Bill Plummer. “I hopes it works out where he gets a chance to get to the big leagues in September. It would be nice to see him get that opportunity. He has worked hard. He has had pretty good years at Triple A. I think he can help them. He can hit.”
Carter grew frustrated after the regular season started and talked of wanting to be traded. He saw little future with Conor Jackson at first base for Arizona. The Sidewinders have also used Chad Tracy and Tony Clark at first base.
“I know (Carter) was a little frustrated,” Plummer said. “His job was to get to the big leagues. He calmed down and went out and played. He started to get hot and in June, July and August, he really carried us.”