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Cubs ready to chase Boston's Ellsbury

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07:09 AM ET 05.13 | Though talk of a sell-off had cropped up in Chicago, again, and yet the Cubs may be poised to spend this offseason. [Next] winter might be the time for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to add more impact players in free agency as they enter Year Three of their regime. Several major league sources, including an American League front-office executive told me [Sunday] that they fully expect the Cubs to be involved with some of the top free agents at the conclusion of this season, with Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury possibly at the top of their wish list. In addition, the 2015 free agent class is not loaded with star quality players, leading to industry speculation that Epstein and Hoyer could look to add a couple of impact players.

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May 13, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Jacoby slugged .370 with an OBP of .313 last season, and he's just a tad worse so far this season.
Great athlete, but I see this guy as a huge risk as a baseball player. You want to pay a guy a ton of money for having a single great season in 2011?

May 13, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Scott Boras is going to want crazy money, for a guy who's had 1 great season. He may be next years Klye Lohse.

May 13, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Red Sox will sit out the bidding contest in the off season. He's gone. There is a minor possibility that they could deal him this summer if their May fade continues and they think they can get better prospects in a trade than picking their own with compensatory picks.

May 13, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Jacoby would be a good pickup, but PLEASE don't go for more than a 6yr contract, 7yr max. We don't need another Soriano-esque contract on the books

May 13, 2013  09:21 AM ET

I think he and Joba, another free agent to be, should both play for the Indians. If ya have to think about that one, then it just does not work. But, honestly, it would be something.

May 13, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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I think he and Joba, another free agent to be, should both play for the Indians. If ya have to think about that one, then it just does not work. But, honestly, it would be something.

Just for a second.

May 13, 2013  09:38 AM ET

I think they're from warring tribes, might be a real scalpfest.
Maybe they could be convinced to just use bats as coup sticks and it wouldn't be too bloody.

May 13, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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I think they're from warring tribes, might be a real scalpfest.Maybe they could be convinced to just use bats as coup sticks and it wouldn't be too bloody.

Just to see how they react to the guy that beats that drum all those years would be worth it. I like it.

May 13, 2013  09:46 AM ET

The Cubs need to spend their money on pitching. Period. If you don't have that, and they don't, nothing else matters.

May 13, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Just to see how they react to the guy that beats that drum all those years would be worth it. I like it.

Maybe they could be two sport players and also join the Redskins?

May 13, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Red Sox will sit out the bidding contest in the off season. He's gone. There is a minor possibility that they could deal him this summer if their May fade continues and they think they can get better prospects in a trade than picking their own with compensatory picks.

They can make an offer for whatever the number is next year (last year was $13.5M I believe), let someone over-pay and they can pick up a comp pick. I see this being the most likely scenario.

May 13, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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They can make an offer for whatever the number is next year (last year was $13.5M I believe), let someone over-pay and they can pick up a comp pick. I see this being the most likely scenario.

If Jacoby has a 2013 as bad as 2012, the danger would be him accepting the minimum offer...

May 13, 2013  10:25 AM ET

Who do the Cubs have that Boston would want? Castro and Rizzo are locked up s for several years. asaide from their out fielders Soriano, Dejesus and Schierholtz and maybe Darwin Barney is about the limit available unless redsox would want marmol. The cubs would be foolish to give Elsbury more than a 4 or5 year contract. If they can trade soriano with out carrying the remainder of his contract would be great for Cubs. why would they want to be tied to ellsbury for 6-7 years. 3-5 would be a little more tolerable.

May 13, 2013  10:26 AM ET

This makes zero sense for the Cubs. Some of their best prospects are OF's, and there is no reason to break the bank for a "speed" guy who will be turning 30. See: Soriano, Alfonso...but at least he actually has some power left. The Cubs will spend money on their bullpen (currently a trainwreck) and a couple #2 or #3 level SP's.

May 13, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Good player but not a superstar. 4 years 48 million.

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May 13, 2013  10:41 AM ET

We have two excellent prospects for the OF, Almora and Soler. They're both corner OF/power guys. Ellsbury would be a leadoff candidate for the Cubs (as Castro is much better in the 2-hole). What the Cubs need to do is decide, probably by the trade deadline, if Brett Jackson is a viable lead-off/center fielder for the future. If not, go for Ellsbury. But, Soler and Almora should have no bearing on whether to pick up a CF at all.

May 13, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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He'll get minimum of 5ys/75million

That seems to be the going rate today.................

 
May 13, 2013  11:58 AM ET

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