Cubs, Red Sox Finalize Epstein Compensation

After a months-long wait, the Cubs and Red Sox have finalized the compensation for Theo Epstein. The Red Sox sent 19-year-old prospect Jair Bogaerts to the Cubs to complete the deal, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.  

The Cubs sent relievers Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz to Boston as compensation for Epstein earlier in the offseason. Carpenter will undergo elbow surgery, but the Cubs say the operation wasn't caused by a pre-existing condition. “It’s certainly something we had no knowledge of,” GM Jed Hoyer said, according to Muskat. “I don’t think he had any elbow issues for the last two years. It’s unexpected and unfortunate."

Bogaerts completed his second pro season in 2011. The first baseman posted a .288/.387/.404 line in 186 plate appearances in the Dominican Summer League. He is the brother of top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts.


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17 Comments on "Cubs, Red Sox Finalize Epstein Compensation"


3 years 4 months ago

The Carpenter surgery is just Lucchino finally getting smacked with some karma.

sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

An A-ball reliever and a guy going in for elbow surgery… That’s a step or two down from Castro or Garza, no?

Jose_Bautista
3 years 4 months ago

LOL if you ever thought they’d get anywhere close to that.

sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

Of course I didn’t think that.

That’s why it’s funny.

chico65
3 years 4 months ago

I saw Boegarts and had a conniption, then realized it was not Xander but his brother.  Still seems like a lot to give up as a PTBNL, given his performance so far and genes.

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 Can’t post the link here, but here is a rough part of his scouting report:

“Scouting Report: Very strong – particularly his hands.  Raw
power potential.    Loves to play. Poor defensive player.”

cubs223425
3 years 4 months ago

So the Cubs just got a DH after drafting one (Vogelbach)?

sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

Going on poundage, Vogelbach is like a DH and a half.

MaineSox
3 years 4 months ago

Likely not even that.  It’s been suggested that the only reason they signed Jair was because it convinced Xander to sign with them as well (he has said in an interview before that there were other teams trying to sign him, but the Sox were willing to sign his brother too, so he chose them over the other teams).

BitLocker
3 years 4 months ago

inb4 Jair Bogaerts becomes a MVP caliber baseball player down the line.

philpbarnes
3 years 4 months ago

Saw Bogaerts and nearly had a heart attack….

Jeff Hill
3 years 4 months ago

I’m really getting mad that the Chris Carpenter links have been bringing the Cardinals Ace

3 years 4 months ago

larry lucchino is bored, and is now demanding another PTBNL

3 years 4 months ago

I’m sorry, but I still dont get why BOS had to give up an PTBNL, way to negotiate!

“yeah, you take my GM and I’ll raise you a prospect”

imachainsaw
3 years 4 months ago

 can’t trade exec for a player

kenhowes
3 years 4 months ago

I guess what it comes down to is that the Sox were already planning on dumping Theo; so when they didn’t get what they wanted, they accepted whatever the Cubs felt like sending.

BoSoxSam
3 years 4 months ago

 Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist.