Welcome to the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft!
Here. We. Go……
With the 1st Overall pick the Houston Astros select….
Full first round recap after the jump.
It’s official, Marlon Byrd has been traded to the Boston Red Sox. In return the Chicago Cubs will receive 25 year old right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and the ever famous, player to be named later. The Cubs will pay most of Byrd’s remaining salary, which is $6.5MM. Bowden, who played High School baseball at Waubonsie Valley in Aurora was drafted 47th overall in 2005. We don’t yet know what this means for the Cubs going forward. Is it Brett Jackson time right now, or will we have to wait for him to patrol CF in Wrigley a little bit longer. As more becomes known we will let you know.
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After four months, the Cubs and Red Sox have finalized the deal that brought Theo Epstein to Chicago. Headed to Boston is relief pitcher Chris Carpenter, who impressed in his short time up with the Cubs at the end of last year. Carpenter, who is 26 years old, will be given a shot in the Red Sox bullpen, where I expect him to have some decent success. The deal also says that the Red Sox will receive a player to be named later, and the Cubs will receive a player to be named later (April 15th deadline already in place). I don’t anticipate either of the players being anything more than fringe prospects. All parties have been assured that these players will be named before the conlcusion of Spring Training. Theo Epstein released a statement this morning regarding Carpenter going the other way, in a word, he is relieved.
Based on all the chatter this morning it sounds like the Theo Epstein compensation ordeal will be resolved today. Trey McNutt has been a popular target in the last 24 hours given the comments he made about having a talk with Epstein about the possibility of going to Boston. It sounds like that has been since ruled out..
(Via MLB Trade Rumors)
The Red Sox will receive a pitcher from the Cubs’ 40-man roster, tweets WEEI’s Alex Speier. That’d rule out McNutt. Rafael Dolis, Chris Carpenter, Jeff Beliveau, and Casey Weathers are on the Cubs’ 40-man and cracked Baseball America’s top 30 prospects for the team.
If I were a betting man, I think Chris Carpenter is as good as gone, but that remains to be seen. I think Cubs nation should breathe a sigh of relief that it will not be McNutt going the other way. Stay tuned to the blog, we will report on this story as soon as it breaks.
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Much was made about the compensation that would be going to the Red Sox after the Cubs were able to sign him away just after the season ended. There was some heavy debate about what should be going to the Red Sox, and for the time being it was left up to the
clubs to decide the outcome. Quickly it became apparent that this scenario was not going to work, and that Bud Selig himself would be the one deciding who or what would be going to Boston. Ever since that announcement there has been little to no news about what would be taking place, that is until today, or should I say, last night. Compensation discussion came to the forefront as Epstein and Boston GM Ben Cherington participated in the Hot Stove Cool Music panel discussion at Fenway Park’s State Steet Pavilion last night. While nothing was settled, it’s clear based on the comments of both Epstein, and Cherington that the deal is almost complete, and the Sox still expect something “significant in return.
Before this blog moves forward, we would be remiss not to mention what has transpired since the disenchanted 2011 season came to a close. The Chicago Cubs as a team and organization took a giant step forward in not only changing the direction of the club, but the culture as well.
On October 25, 2011 the Chicago Cubs named a new President of Baseball Operations, none other than Boston GM Theo Epstein. Talk about making a splash, and for once, it actually makes sense because it’s off the field where it was needed most. Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t much to like on the field the last couple of years, but in order to fix that, the real issue needed to be addressed, and it was. In order for Epstein to make the move to the North Side of Chicago he had to take a role that was above his current GM role in Boston. That in it of itself is a giant win for Ricketts, many die hard Cubs followers probably didn’t think Ricketts had it in him, but he proved them, including us, wrong in a huge way.
Video of Epstein’s full press conference via ABC 7 Chicago.