According to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs will sign the no. 1 international prospect on the market, Eloy Jimenez, to a contract over the next few days.
Jimenez is a big outfielder who is drawing comparisons to virtually every All-Star roaming the outfield in the big leagues, so this is certainly a monster deal. I suspected earlier today that the Cubs would amp up their efforts on Jimenez after getting international bonus money in the Scott Feldman trade.
Jimenez is a five-tool player who can do it all. He’s big and lanky, but has a ton of room to grow at just 16-years old. With the emergence of a ton of young talent coming to Chicago, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes him to get to Wrigley.
This is a monster sign for the Cubs system as they continue to stockpile talent. Granted, Jimenez is going to be 3-4 years away, his raw talent is through the ceiling and he should anchor the outfield at Wrigley for many years to come. If the Cubs continue to make these moves, they’re going to eventually get to where they want to be and where they should be as a major market baseball team — the top.
I give all the credit in the world to Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office for continuously bringing young talent to the system. The Cubs’ major league team is a flat out travesty, so hearing about moves like this certainly makes the train wreck easier to tolerate.
The announcement is rumored to be coming over the next few days, and we’ll continue to update you on this developing story.