Red Sox Acquire Aaron Kurcz From Cubs As Theo Compensation


The player to be named later as part of the settlement between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox has been named.  And it’s none other than Aaron Kurcz.  Who, you might be saying.  My thoughts exactly.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN via Twitter broke the news that Kurcz had been informed he was Beantown bound.  Kurcz was an 11th round draft pick in 2010 amateur draft and last season in single A Daytona he went 5-4 while posting a 3.28 ERA and a 9.9K/9 rate.  He appeared in 32 games that accumulated to 82.1 innings of work.

He’s only 21-years of age, so Kurcz has plenty of time to grow and develop as a pitcher and hopefully one day we’ll see him in a Red Sox uniform.  His strikeout ratio is impressive along with his career WHIP of 1.158, so maybe this kid has potential to blossom into a bonified major leaguer.

So the compensation is complete, at least from the Cubs side. The Red Sox still have to send a player to the Cubs as part of the agreement and it is thought to be a single A player.

Kurcz and Carpenter is the package for Theo Epstein.  After seeing what Carpenter can’t do on the mound so far this spring and considering the age of Kurcz, it’s clear who won this deal.  Should the Cubs win the World Series as a result of Theo’s architecture skills then surely Red Sox Nation has reason to be bitter about the lack of talent that was sent the other way for the boy wonder.

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