Baez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left thumb while Schwarber is seen as the next Babe Ruth.
"The Bambino went from pitching to become the greatest hitter of all time," said manager Robin Ventura. "We have no doubt we can do the reverse."
"What the hell is this?" said pitching coach Don Cooper in response to the trade.
Theo Epstein told reporters that he regretted giving up Schwarber, but felt like this put the team in an even better position to contend.
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