Cubs And Red Sox Complete Compensation Deal For Theo Epstein
The Boston Red Sox have sent a minor leaguer to the Chicago Cubs to officially complete the compensation deal for front office wiz Theo Epstein, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
As the final part of the deal, the Red Sox will send 19-year-old Jair Bogaerts to Chicago. The Cubs had previously sent pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Red Sox earlier this spring. It was revealed after the trade that Carpenter would need to have surgery on his elbow to remove bone spurs.
The Cubs sent compensation to the Red Sox in return for allowing Theo Epstein to join Chicago’s front office this winter, despite him still being under contract with Boston. Epstein, the former Red Sox general manager, is now the president of baseball operations for the Cubs. Epstein became the general manager for the Red Sox in 2002, and is generally credited with having assembled the rosters of Boston’s World Series championship teams in 2004 and 2007. The Red Sox failed to make the playoffs in 2011 despite what was perceived as massive roster improvement during the previous winter.