This trade directly relates to the compensation the Boston Red Sox received for Theo Esptein, meaning it could make-or-break that deal from a few years ago.
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In a low-key but smart move, the Boston Red Sox dealt Aaron Kurcz to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Anthony Varvaro who was designated for assignment on Monday.
The reason why this relates to Theo Epstein is simple. Along with Jair Bogaerts, twin of Xander, the Boston Red Sox sent Epstein to Chicago and received Chris Carpenter (not that Chris Carpenter) in addition to Aaron Kurcz who was the Player To Be Named Later.
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In his time in Boston, Carpenter surrendered six earned runs in six innings back in 2012 and proved ineffective for the Paw Sox in 2013, making him of little use to the big league club. Although Kurcz failed to progress past AA thanks to an injury which sidelined him for the entire 2013 season, Kurcz posted a 2.14 ERA in 34 outings while striking out 54 men in 42 innings of work for the Portland Sea Dogs.
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In exchange, the Boston Red Sox received a proven pitcher who has been effective in the big leagues these past two seasons. In that time frame, Anthony Varvaro posted a 2.74 ERA in 123 games totaling 128 frames and struck out 93 men and walked just 38. To put it this way, the Red Sox traded for a proven reliever and gave up someone who could become a proven reliever.
Without a doubt, Varvaro will find his way into the Red Sox bullpen next season— most likely as a middle reliever. Set to earn $515k next season, he will be a cheap and effective player for the Red Sox, but unfortunately he is not a lefty. The Boston Red Sox could still use a left-handed pitcher but for now, fans should be happy that they picked up an effective middle reliever for such a low price.
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