Cubs reportedly considering former All-Star
|Friday, January 17, 2020 2:15 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs are doing their due diligence this offseason trying to revamp their lineup.
MLB insider Jon Heyman is reporting that the Cubs might have some interest in former All-Star Jacoby Ellsbury, who is currently a free agent after being released by the New York Yankees.
"Cubs have considered/discussed Jacoby Ellsbury," he posted on Twitter. "Probably a long shot, but Cubs have a leadoff issue, and Ellsbury is a surprise free agent after being released. JE hasn’t played in 2 years, so before moving forward, they’d want to gauge his interest/mindset."
Ellsbury had one of the worst contracts in Yankees history with a seven-year deal worth $153 million.
For his career, he has a batting average of .284 with 104 homers, 512 RBIs, and 343 stolen bases. He is the only player in MLB history to smack 30+ homers, hit 45+ doubles, steal 35+ bases, and be worth 1+ dWAR in a single season.
He is currently a 36-year old with a history of injury issues, but it might be reasonable to throw a flier out to him and see if he has any magic left. Maybe if he accepted a minor-league deal, that would be a no-brainer for the Cubs.