Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 2/21/12

The commissioner's office has (finally) announced the compensation that the Boston Red Sox will receive from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Theo Epstein, reports Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

The Cubs will reportedly be sending reliever Chris Carpenter to Boston. The teams will also be swapping players to be named later.

Carpenter ranked sixth on the Cubs top ten prospects list prior to 2011 (according to Baseball America), but was unranked going into 2012. He spent the season with AA Tennessee, AAA Iowa, and got a brief taste of the majors in Chicago last season. At the two levels in the minors, he walked 27 and struck out 34 in 42 2/3 innings. During his time in the majors, Carpenter walked seven and struck out eight in 9 2/3 innings.

He may be able to contribute in Boston's bullpen this season as a middle reliever after the free agent departure of Jonathan Papelbon, and the possible move of Daniel Bard to the starting rotation. The compensation is much lower than what was initially feared by Cubs fans, with prospect Trey McNutt and Cubs ace Matt Garza initially being demanded by the Red Sox. It's good to see that the Cubs got off relatively light at the end of the day.

Now that this fiasco is over with, both teams can get on with their springs and not worry about this ongoing drama.

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