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Ellsbury in 2014?

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#1 CubbieBoiler


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Posted 08 August 2013 - 03:41 PM

Hey there,


I have been looking at the weak free agent market and if the Cubs expect to compete in 2014 we need a free agent addition. I posted this on one of the articles but I really think Jacoby Ellsbury would be a good fit. We havent had a good leadoff hitter since in my opinion Kenny Lofton in his prime. I know we are outfield heavy in the minors but getting a younger guy like Ellsbury for something like 5/70 would give us a leadoff hitter, a bonified center fielder, and a chance to compete. This would also allow us to dangle one of our prospects (probably Almora) to try to bring in a bonified ace. I know it would be a risky move but I think it is something Epstein could be in favor of because he was a fan of Ellsbury. Lets face it Samardzija is not an ace he is a two at best and we are not getting an ace from the free agent market. Thoughts?

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 05:06 PM

Im all for Ellsbury, but not at that price. He's been injured in the past which should decrease his value, and he's not the home run hitter he was in 2011. I believe he is worth 4 years at 10-12 mil tops. Second, I think Kelly Johnson would be a great upgrade at 2B. Yes he's not Cano, but he's a huge upgrade from Barney, obviously offensively. If thats the case, we could part with Barney to a team with a lot of pop and could use defense for a bullpen arm. 


I hate to do projected futuristic lineups, but with those two in mind: 


CF Ellsbury

SS Castro(if he gets his act together)

1B Rizzo

RF Schierholtz

2B Johnson

3B Olt

LF Lake

C Castillo



Pitching would be about the same and has been surprisingly good this season. Add a bullpen arm or two and that team on paper could compete for a Wild Card spot. 

#3 Cubbie Blues

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 05:49 PM

Actually, DeJesus was a very good lead off hitter last year and we only had Lofton for 236 PA.

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:49 PM



NO, don't want none, don't need none, couldn't afford it if I did.

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