For those fans that believe the Chicago Cubs would interested in trading for Jacoby Ellsbury, I’m sorry to burst your dreams but…..it isn’t going to happen. Sources tell us at the Winter Meetings there is NO fit for Ellsbury in what the Cubs want to do moving forward the franchise, and this actually makes some sense to me.
Jacoby Ellsbury is 30 years old and has been banged up quite a bit through his career. I can’t deny that when healthy, he’s one of the most dynamic players in baseball, but again: his age doesn’t mix in with the Cubs plan.
I’ve been one of the biggest criticizers of the Chicago Cubs this winter, and even though I want them to act like the big market team they are WHILE building the farm system, I’ve conceded it’s not going to happen.
The Boston Red Sox are looking for a couple of low minor league prospects for Ellsbury, prospects that could help them build their farm system and potentially turn into stars in several years. You would think that would make sense for the Cubs, but Ellsbury isn’t going to be a game changer for the Cubs in 2013 and therefore it makes sense to pass.
I don’t know if Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have put in phone calls to Boston, but I can assure you- the Cubs are NOT interested in Ellsbury as of this moment in time.
We’ll see what the Cubs end up accomplishing this winter, but it appears there will not be a major splash of any kind.