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Aaron Kurcz goes to Red Sox to complete Theo Epstein compensation package

Mar 15, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago Reuters

Already having picked up Chris Carpenter, the Red Sox have now acquired fellow right-hander Aaron Kurcz from the Cubs as the player to be named in the Theo Epstein compensation package.

This comes almost five months after Epstein left the Red Sox to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. The Red Sox still owe the Cubs a player as part of the deal.

Kurcz, 21, was an 11th-round pick in the 2010 draft. He spent the entire 2011 season at high-A Daytona, finishing with a 3.28 ERA and a 91/34 K/BB ratio in 82 1/3 innings. Initially strictly a reliever, he made 12 starts last season with fine results. Still, he didn’t rate a mention in Baseball America’s top 30 Cubs prospects.

Kurcz figures to open this season in Double-A, though whether he’ll be a starter or a reliever is unclear. Carpenter is likely to start off in the bullpen at Triple-A Pawtucket.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Correction: (Sorry I’m a diehard Cubs fan ^.^) The Red Sox still have to send US a PTBNL, THEN the compensation is done.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      I was hoping I had that all fixed up before anyone noticed. But yeah.

  2. larryboodry - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Never heard of this guy, but his numbers at Daytona weren’t bad…Hope he has a great career in Boston someday.

    • jason1214 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      If you can’t make the Cubs top 30 prospect list……………you are a nobody.

  3. IainRWB - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Wait, the PTBNL isn’t Starlin Castro!?! Who’d have thunk it????

    • jason1214 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      Lets not forget Garza was also thought to be compensation by Sox media types……….ha ha ha.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    The cubs should demand Bard.

    • jason1214 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Hey now lets not get ridiculous………….leave that to the Red Sox beat writers.

  5. bigharold - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Arron Kurcz – matt Garza, .. same thing.

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