Chicago Cubs Receive Prospect from Boston Red Sox to “Complete” Theo Epstein Deal

On the heels of this morning’s discussion of the health of the centerpiece of the Theo Epstein compensation deal (Chris Carpenter), the Red Sox have now just sent their piece of the deal over to the Cubs. It’s 19-year-old first base prospect Jair Bogaerts.

Bogaerts, who signed with the Red Sox before the 2010 season, has spent the last two years in the Dominican Summer League. He struggled mightily as a 17-year-old in 2010 before coming back to put up a solid .288/.387/.404 line in 2011 at age 18. He received a $180K signing bonus, so he was modestly well-regarded at the time.

He appears to be a good defensive first baseman, whose bat is still coming around. If he’s going to remain at first base, that bat is going to have to come a long way. He’s a big kid at 6’2″, 230 lbs, so you can see the power coming along at some point. He was originally signed as a catcher, so there might be some play there, in terms of his long-term defensive position.

And, yes, he is the brother of more heralded Sox prospect, Xander Bogaerts.

That all said, Bogaerts is no big-time prospect. He recently came in as a “barely-mentioned” on an ESPN list of the Red Sox’s top first base prospects. Most rankings I can find out there (none from the big rankings services) have him in the second half of the Red Sox’s top 100 prospects. Aaron Kurcz, he is not.

But, hey, he’s here now. Welcome, Jair.

With his arrival, the deal is done (assuming no more Carpenter injury shenanigans). It’s one-year of Theo and Bogaerts for Carpenter, Kurcz, and the Cubs paying Epstein’s $3.5 million completion bonus.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

19 responses to “Chicago Cubs Receive Prospect from Boston Red Sox to “Complete” Theo Epstein Deal”

  1. TWC

    Great.  Now we have to get rid of Vogelbach.

  2. Spencer

    THEO EPSTEIN BETTER MAKE SURE THE CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR OTHERWISE THE WHOLE THING WAS A WASTE AND NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!!!1!!!1

  3. Luke

    I’m guessing he’ll be brought to the US and spend 2012 in the Arizona Rookie League.  We might get a better idea what his ceiling is then.

  4. CubFan Paul

    Hopefully this is a guy that McLeod is genuinely high on and targeted to bring with him.

  5. BD

    I would like to know who all from Boston’s FO was involved in the process of signing him back in 2010.

    If McLeod was involved and/or approved of him, then he will win an MVP award in 2022. Book it.

  6. SteveO

    Good idea not using the last name in the title. Folks may have thought it was Xander and thrown a fit.

    1. Cedlandrum

      Well yeah but I opened it up and read Bogearts and nearly crapped myself. Then i reread his first name. I thought maybe Theo is the greatest thing ever.

      1. bluekoolaidaholic

        UMMMMMMMM Theo IS the greatest thing ever.

        1. Brady

          Since sliced bread and string cheese.

  7. terencem

    I have a dream that Bogaerts, Vogelbach, and Gretzky all make it to the majors and the Cubs have the enviable position of figuring out what to do with 3 above average first basemen in 2016.

  8. TC

    I saw the name “Boegarts” and almost lost it

  9. Boog

    I guess Kurcz must ultimately be forgettable as a prospect…

    From Rotoworld:
    “Jair Bogaerts – 1B – Cubs

    Cubs acquired 1B Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox as the player to be named later in the Theo Epstein compensation deal.
    The Red Sox already acquired right-hander Chris Carpenter last month (who needs elbow surgery), but they are still expected to receive a player to be named later. Bogaerts is the twin brother of highly-regarded infield prospect Xander Bogaerts. The 19-year-old batted .288/.387/.404 with two homers, 27 RBI and a .791 OPS over 47 games last season with Boston’s Dominican Summer League team. He’s still very early in his development.”

  10. Tim

    Why don’t the cubs consider mike Gonzalez

  11. Joshua Edwards

    I was waiting for the headline, “Cubs Snatch Jair, Continue to Bogaert the Red Sox.”