Cubs get Jair Bogaerts from Red Sox to complete compensation saga

It's finally over.  The Cubs have received 19 year old 1B-C prospect Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox to complete the Theo compensation issue.  The 6'2", 230 lbs. Bogaerts played in the DSL last season where he hit .288/.387/.404 with 2 HRs.

Bogaerts is the twin brother of top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts, and was signed out of Aruba as an international free agent in 2009 for $180,000.

He is currently being converted to catcher.  The website soxprospects.com had this to say about Bogaerts (you can see a picture of him there),

Very strong - particularly his hands.  Raw power potential.  Should be able to improve his receiving skills quickly.  Loves to play.

Earlier today I wrote about how Chris Carpenter's injury threatened to drag the saga on, but Nick Cafardo mentioned that nothing would change on that front.

The Red Sox had complete access to Chris Carpenter’s medical records, the pitcher had passed both his Cubs physical and also his Red Sox physical after he was dealt to the Red Sox as compensation for Theo Epstein, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The Red Sox will likely not receive a different player from the Cubs because everything was up front and out in the open.

Jed Hoyer confirmed that the Cubs had no idea that Carpenter had any kind of injury.

 

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    It sounds like we got a guy with some upside.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Not nearly the player his brother is. He's pretty low on their prospect list, probably not even a top 50 guy for them but he does have some ability. Let's see how he does in the AZL this year.

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