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Rumors swirled Monday and yesterday that the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres were discussing a trade that would see the Cubs net, among other possibilities, Jacoby Ellsbury to man center field next year. Those rumors may have been overstated.

Speculation that the Cubs, Red Sox and Padres have talked about a three-way trade that would send Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz to the Cubs was shot down on Monday.

Although the Red Sox and Cubs have talked recently about other matchups, a deal that would send pitcher Andrew Cashner and Josh Vitters as well as a third minor-leaguer to San Diego, which would send first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, has not been broached. ESPN Chicago.

Perhaps the most interested thing to note is not that the three-way trade was shot down, but instead is the notion that the Cubs and Red Sox have indeed talked trade. Landing both Ellsbury and Buchholz would be a coup for the Cubs, but the question remains: if not absolutely necessary in order to land Adrian Gonzalez, why would the Red Sox trade these two young, cheap, successful players?

It’s worth pointing out that Buchholz’s career has nearly mirror Ellsbury’s in terms of hype: he came up in 2007 for part of the season, and was dominant. The hype machine exploded. But then he was actually quite bad in his time with the Sox in 2008, before settling in to “pretty good” this past season. He was, of course, just 24, so his best days may very well be ahead of him yet. Which is, of course, why I’d hardly expect him to be traded to the Cubs.

  • juniorbors

    Ace, question for ya? I get the sense that you are underwhelmed by Ellsbury but I dont understand why. I know in 08 his obp wasnt the greatest but in 09 he was an absolute stud. He is not going to slug, but you dont need him to, in fact you could argue he turns singles into doubles. You could plug him in center and the 1 slot and not worry for 10 years. He is a terror on the base paths and is great in center.
    I would tend to disagree with your comparrison of Bucholz to Ellsbury career comparison. You are right “hype-wise” but statistically Ellsbury is much more refined. Would love to have them both, specifically Ellsbury, but still highly doubt it.

    • Ace

      Ellsbury is, so far, the more advanced MLB player, you’re right. You’re also right that I’m underwhelmed by the prospect of acquiring Ellsbury, but only because I think his perceived value is greater than his actual value. So while I’d love to have him, I’m afraid that the Red Sox could absolutely tear the Cubs up in a trade for him.

    • http://cubstalk johnny yuma

      cubs need trade

      • Ace

        Sloth love Chunk.

  • Kevin G

    the trade isnt looking good here in SD, they are saying no trade until deadline. So got any ideas of center?

    • Ace

      I do have a new idea, but probably won’t get the full story out on it until later today or tomorrow. Ooh! Mysterious!

      • juniorbors

        Ace, please confirm it is neither Byrd or Pods so I can cocktail in peace tonight.

        • Ace

          Definitely not. But then again, it’s just an idea of mine (albeit one that makes a heck of a lot of sense) – and unfortunately, I ain’t the one calling the shots.

          And the guy who is happens to love Marlon Byrd.

  • Kevin G

    I like some of the guys in the Twins organization.

  • Kevin G

    I still believe byrd is asking too much, and I think the cubs have about 6 to 7 million of room in there budget.

  • http://cubstalk johnny yuma

    we need frank lane no ha ha

  • Kevin G

    Ok Ace I will wait to see your ideas before I give may new ones.

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