I read an article recently by correspondent Damen Jackson "Proposal for Cubbie Nation: Go Get Jacoby Ellsbury" , I rather enjoyed it although I thought it highly unlikely. However it got me thinking how the cubs could make it more of a possibility. The Red Sox are trying to trade oft-injured 3b Mike Lowell who requires surgery on his torn radial collateral ligament on his right thumb. He will undergo surgery shortly after christmas and it will require 6-8 weeks recovery time as reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI. The Red Sox were reportedly going to trade Lowell to the rangers for catcher Max Ramirez and send 9 million of the 12 million owed to Lowell along with that until the trade broke down.
The Chicago Cubs are in need of few things and two of these could be crossed of there list if they were to trade for Lowell and Ellsbury, a centerfielder and bench depth. What Lowell would provide for the cubs is a right-handed bat off the bench, and he could spell Ramirez and Lee from time to time while still having a power rbi bat in the lineup. Lowell would also be a good insurance policy should Ramirez(shoulder) or Lee(neck) goes down to injury for any length of time. Lowell has also been a leader in the Red Sox clubhouse and would be a good clubhouse presence for the cubs. Ellsbury brings speed, OBP, defense, and is a great lead-off guy, who isn't arbitration eligible until after 2010.
If the cubs were to take on half of lowell's contract (6 million) and throw in some good prospects it would be very beneficial for both teams. Cubs could send a catcher Boston takes their pick, Wellington Castillo, Chris Robinson, or Robinson Chirinos (Baseball America labeled Chirinos the best defensive catcher in the cubs system), 3b Josh Vitters, and Red Sox take your pick Sam Fuld, Tyler Colvin, and/or a reliever option like Jeff Stevens,Blake Parker, or Jeff Gray. The Cubs have good depth in relievers and catchers, and this deal would kill two birds with one stone.
The Red Sox are looking to shed Lowell, and some of his salary to sign a third base free agent like Beltre and are also interested in trading for Adrian Gonzalez and this would give them more prospects to throw in on a deal. The Red Sox could also move Cameron to centerfield and play Jeremy Hermida in Leftfield. This trade makes a good deal of sense for both teams.
These are inventive ways for hendry to vastly improve the team without breaking the bank and the options on the free agent market aren't very inspiring. Who would win in this deal? Would the Cubs be overpaying, or would the Red Sox be overpaying? Lets hear your thoughts in the comment section below?