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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Cubs send Aaron Kurcz to Red Sox

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs sent minor-league pitcher Aaron Kurcz to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday as the player to be named later in order complete their obligations in the Theo Epstein compensation situation.

In order to bring aboard Epstein this offseason as president of baseball operations, the Cubs and Red Sox agreed compensation was in order. Epstein was still under contract with the Red Sox when he changed organizations.

Earlier this spring, the Cubs sent right-hander Chris Carpenter to Boston.

All that remains is for the Red Sox to send a player to be named later to the Cubs.

Kurcz, a 10th-round draft pick in 2010, was a midseason Florida State League All-Star last season at Class A Dayton. He finished the season 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA, making a start in 12 of his 32 appearances. He pitched 82 1/3 innings with 91 strikeouts and 34 walks.