Tuesday, at last, a player was sent from the Cubs to the Red Sox as compensation for Epstein, since he still had a year left on his Boston contract. Here’s the scoop:
It’s officially Carpenter and PTBNL for a PTBNL from Red Sox. #Cubs
— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) February 21, 2012
Chris Carpenter — not the Cardinals righthander — is a hardthrowing, 26-year-old righthanded reliever who made 10 major league appearances for the Cubs in 2011, posting a decent 2.79 ERA but a 1.966 WHIP, giving up 12 hits and seven walks in 9⅔ innings pitched. He was expected to compete for a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen in 2012 and could get the same opportunity with the Red Sox.
Given the fact that each side will send a PTBNL to the other to complete this deal, we cannot definitively say that the Theo compensation issue is complete.
Finally, the Cubs still owe the Padres a player in compensation for signing Jed Hoyer as general manager. One hopes that won’t take as long.