Friday, March 16, 2012

Red Sox Acquire Latter Part Of Epstein Compensation

After waiting several months too long for the first part of this deal, the second part has been announced to nearly complete the process. This part of the deal involves the Cubs sending minor league pitcher Aaron Kurcz over to Boston. Kurcz has potential to become an above average relief pitcher at the major league level. He put together a pretty good season in 2011, pitching in 32 games (12 starts)-- going 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA. However, it was really in his strikeout and walk ratios that showed the potential for me. Last year, over 82.1 innings (no small sample), he struck out 9.95 batters per nine innings, walking 3.72 per nine, making for a 2.68 K/BB ratio. That, specifically the 9.95 strikeouts, shows setup or even closer potential. I think it is very possible that Kurcz is just as good if not better than Chris Carpenter, who was acquired earlier in the deal. Now, we just have to wonder who our player to be named later will be.

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