Report: Cubs to Sign OF Eloy Jimenez

According to a report from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs have landed what many consider the top international prospect, Dominican outfielder Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs have been considered the favorite to sign Jimenez and according to Sanchez’s report, Jimenez and his family chose the Cubs despite receiving a bigger offer from another team. Sanchez reported that an announcement is expected in the next few days.

According to Jesse Sanchez, Eloy Jimenez and his family love Sammy Sosa and the idea of playing at Wrigley Field one day. Sanchez indicated that dreams matter to him.

Jimenez is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and the 16-year old is athletic for his size. According to Baseball America, Jimenez ran the 60-yard dash in 6.72 seconds in January. Jimenez figures to slow down once he gets bigger and projects as a corner outfielder. Jimenez has good hand-eye coordination, a quick bat and uses the middle of the field. Jimenez has raw power with a flat swing, that can sometimes get long, that produces line drives. Some think Jimenez could develop above-average power.

Scouts have reportedly been impresses with Jimenez’s intelligence, speed and gap-to-gap power.

Recent reports have indicated Eloy Jimenez could receive between $2.5-$2.7 million signing bonus.

The Cubs added to their international pool money with the deals they made on Tuesday.

The Cubs have reportedly signed Dominican right-handed pitcher Jefferson Mejia for $850,000, Colombian right-handed pitcher Erling Moreno and Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres for $1.7 million. The Cubs have spent $3,335,000 of their $5,520,300 bonus pool but can add more via trades.

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  • Banjowilly

    Yes! Wow. I can see the future. I’m excited.

    • JasonPen

      I suspect we won’t hear much from the Theo and Hoyer haters on this one. The top 1 and 2 prospects from the international pool, and Kris Bryant from the Rule 4 draft? The Cubs have had an awesome summer so far! The future is looking great. This might even put us as the #1 farm system.

      • IUCannon

        Amen, sick of hearing from them even though we all knew it would take at least 3-4 seasons before being truly relevant again. With our current drafts, international FA signings, and traded players I’m very happy and looking forward to what comes!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I’d say at this we can almost call our system “loaded.” If a year and a half ago someone would have told me our system would be loaded by July 2013 I’d have said it was an impossibility…

          • JasonPen

            Castro and Vogelbach for David Price? … I know, I know… Wishful thinking.

          • Ray Ray

            David Price is someone I would stay away from. He has had arm issues and his velocity was down this year. He has thrown a lot of innings the last 3 years and I would be cautious.

          • JasonPen

            Maybe you are right about Price. He was pitching poorly at the beginning of the year. Maybe he is turning it around though. 7IP 10K 0ER last night… Granted it was against Houston, so maybe we can put an asterisk but it.

        • Ray Ray

          We knew it would be a rebuild, but he didn’t say he would not field a real major league team during the rebuild. I give Theo an A+ for what he has done with the farm system. He put all his energy in that and it will produce talent in a couple of more years…..but I have to give him an F for what he has done on putting together a competitive roster on the north side.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Maybe give him a D this year. They should be winning more games, but I can’t imagine he (or anyone else) figured this bullpen would be this awful.

          • Ray Ray

            Ok… D- ? LOL

            Only 1 lefthander in the bullpen and his name is James Russell? I have seen Russell pitch from his college days and he couldn’t get righties out then. He is not Sean Marshall.

            To give EJax 52 mil was ridiculous.

            I think Sveum is a very poor manager but he doesn’t have a chance. He was given a very very poor roster to compete with.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I just think things are improving and because the bullpen keeps blowing games we don’t see it. That’s why I say a D. The SP is better than last year, no question. They have statistical improvements at the positions of C, 3B, CF and RF. At this point last year, the team was 31-50. That’s a 4 win improvement. Not a big leap. But an improvement nonetheless.

          • paulcatanese

            I agree that it is a poor roster to compete with, I also think Sveum just may be a stop-gap manager until everything is in place. I don’t think loyalty is in Epsteins vocabulary, he is cold hearted and on a one way mission. No one person will stand in his way.
            If that is the case, and I think it is, I look for a new manager for the push.
            It’s as it should be though, it’s a business and no one knows it better than Epstein. The man who brings a World Series to Chicago could name his own ticket for life, and he realizes that. For better or worse, it’s the man Ricketts has chosen and given a blank check to, believing 100% in Epstein.

          • JasonPen

            Theo did bring in Francona once everything was in place, if I remember right.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            well said…my points exactly.
            Cubs are a big-market franchise charging big-market ticket and beer prices.
            You can rebuild the farm and simultaneously field a more competitive team.
            You can walk and chew gum.
            You can have your cake and eat it too, etc…etc…
            While underperforming so far, I liked the Edwin Jackson move…they should have gone harder after a Justin Upton or filled either 2B/3B or an OF spot with a legit starting MLB player…instead they signed a ton of good utility guys.

          • triple

            Ray, I cannot be too far from being in agreement with you. I know you want to see more money spent on the ML team, but that will just leave us in the middle ground, thus negatively affecting where we draft.

            Also thinking about the terms that Ricketts was in when he bought the team; It didn’t really leave much room for them to alter the big league club in a positive way. I think that pumping their money into all the behind the curtain minor league and development chains is the smarter way to rebuild the farm system as quickly as possible.

            But I think as you see the minor league system get filled with more quality prospects, you will start to see more money getting spent on the Cubs ML needs in the future. I certainly hope so anyway… Signing a free agent impact player is always fun for the fans, but doing it when a team doesn’t have a chance to compete in their own division just creates a financial log jam later when the team really can use the money.

          • Suzy S

            RayRay, You can give Theo an F for the mlb team and an A+ on the farm…but you can’t get one without the other.
            That’s where our basic disagreement comes from.
            You get both high draft picks and more pool money in the international drafts from the poor performance of the mlb team. It’s just a simple fact.

            With another top ten round of picks,(probably top 5) next season…that should be enough of a rebuild on the minor system for Theo and Jed to begin focusing more energy and resources to the mlb level…and the first of our prospects should begin to emerge on the mlb roster…ie Lake and Watkins etc.

          • JasonPen

            Well said.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Sure you will. They haven’t won in 100 years and why should they wait another minute regardless of long term goals. Scott Feldman was going to be the next Milt Pappas. We just don’t understand!

  • Ray Ray

    Kudos to Theo! I said they needed to sign Jiminez for yesterday to be successful….and he did.

    • JasonPen

      Poor Jed Hoyer… Who knows, he could be the man behind this awesome turnaround… And when they finally win a WS, Theo will get all of the credit.

      • paulcatanese

        I like you’re thinking Jason, and that’s what should be.
        But I doubt it very seriously, and firmly believe that Epstein is the man behind all that takes place. He make take advice from Hoyer and ponder it, but Epstein is the man, all the way down the line.
        I just don’t think he would have taken the job if he didn’t have that authority
        to do just that.

    • Tony_Hall

      It is almost like he has a plan that you do one thing that allows you to do the next!

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