MESA, Ariz. The Theo Epstein compensation drama finally appears to be over.
The Red Sox sent their player to be named later 19-year-old first baseman Jair Bogaerts on Thursday to complete the trade almost six months after Epstein left Boston to become the Cubs president of baseball operations.
This came less than 24 hours after Chris Carpenter, the first of two pitching prospects shipped to the Red Sox as compensation, broke news on his Twitter account.
Headed into surgery tomorrow with Dr Andrews to remove a bone spur in my elbow, Carpenter tweeted on Wednesday. Stayin positive and prepared to work harder than ever to come back as soon as I can this season!
The 26-year-old Carpenter, a bullpen power arm whose velocity reaches close to 100 mph, left Cubs camp on Feb. 21 as the answer to a future trivia question, the guy traded for the executive who built two World Series winners in Boston.
Its certainly something we had no knowledge of, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday. I dont think hed had any elbow issues for the last two years whatsoever. Its unexpected, unfortunate. Its something were going to discuss.
Its obviously something that you never want to happen. I think in any trade you want both sides to feel good. Obviously, thats not a great thing to have happen, for Chris or the Red Sox. But its something we just learned about. Were sort of looking into it, but I wouldnt read anything into that.