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08:11 AM ET 07.12 | Don't expect a mid-season extension for Jacoby Ellsbury. "These things are offseason discussions," Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, said [Monday] afternoon. "Whenever people ask me midseason about contracts, you have to make sure the player finishes the season. Only then is it the right point. Boston and us work well together, we always have. Jacoby's got another (two years) there after this. ... Where we're at now, I can't say always, but 99 percent of the time we just let the season play out before we talk about these things." Boras also made it clear that players like Ellsbury don't earn what they're worth until free agency, which is why he's reluctant to trade a year or two of free agency for a year or two of arbitration.

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July 12, 2011  08:24 AM ET

Ellsbury is quickly becoming one of the premiere lead off men in the game.

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July 12, 2011  08:34 AM ET
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A Boras client? Surprise.

Do you notice that all the players being discussed in trades or new contracts are Boras clients.

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July 12, 2011  08:50 AM ET
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Yes. Even if the player sucks, like KRod, Boras will try to polish a turd.

What amazes me is how he gets teams falling all over themselves to pay above average, but not great players, i.e. Mark Teixeira. Teixeira is paid a Top 10 salary, when he's barely in the Top 10 for his position.

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July 12, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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What amazes me is how he gets teams falling all over themselves to pay above average, but not great players, i.e. Mark Teixeira. Teixeira is paid a Top 10 salary, when he's barely in the Top 10 for his position.

A lot has to do with the market and Boras is good at playing teams against each other until the teams catch on and remove themselves from the bidding like the Angels and Red Sox have done in the past. He's not always successful at getting his clients top dollar but his successes do out weigh his failures.

July 12, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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I don't believe Pujols is a Boras client, I may be wrong.

You are correct - his agent is Dan Lozano

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July 12, 2011  09:31 AM ET
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A lot has to do with the market and Boras is good at playing teams against each other until the teams catch on and remove themselves from the bidding like the Angels and Red Sox have done in the past. He's not always successful at getting his clients top dollar but his successes do out weigh his failures.

Agreed. Boras is a cold blooded s.o.b. who doesn't care who he screws over as long as it results in his clients getting a jack pot. And he's very good at it.

July 12, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Even as a sox fan i hope ellsbury gets as much money as he possibly can. I'm pretty sure he stays with the sox, and it's not like they can't afford him, so i don't really see how this is a story.

if they can pay john LACK-ey (see what i did there) his outrageous salary for him to suck a## and crawford to suck for half a year nad then get better only to sit out a month on the dl, then they can pay ellsbury 15 million or so a year (hope that's what it takes)

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July 12, 2011  09:40 AM ET
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Ellsbury=$15 million per year in your opinion?

Seems a wee bt pricey to me.

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July 12, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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Ellsbury=$15 million per year in your opinion?

Well, look what they gave Crawford. IMO, Ellsbury is at least as good, if not better.

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July 12, 2011  10:08 AM ET
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Ellsbury is quickly becoming one of the premiere lead off men in the game.

Very good athlete.

July 12, 2011  10:33 AM ET
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true. however, neither of them are $15 million per year players in terms of their worth.

This is probably true.

Crawford was paid as much for what they project him to be (declining speed, greater power) as what he did in the past. And as frustrating as it is to have him temporarily on the DL, he has a remarkably good record of staying healthy.

Ellsbury is different in many regards. He still has his speed, and his long stint on the DL allowed him to work on core strength. Hence he is beginning to realize the path Crawford was projected to follow. However I'm not convinced he's as durable as CC, and there were legitimate concerns about his resolve and leadership when injured last year. Pedroia showed up and was a presence in the clubhouse last year when injured. Ellsbury withdrew.

I think Crawford eventually will settle in and mostly be worth what he was paid for. As for Ellsbury... I really like him as an athlete but a voice in my head sees Nomar. I'm not (yet) convinced he's worth an expensive, long-term deal.

Just my opinion, worth 2 cents and some change.

July 12, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Place in the clubhouse / my career. These are tough calls Hoos.

The 'episode' last year is the only 'character' blemish on young Ellsbury's otherwise exemplary scorecard. Given the Sox' questionable record on medical treatment, I am willing to cut the lad some slack.

There seems to be no residual this year. Recognizing the proclivity of some of Boston's reporters to seek the lowest common denominator, I think we can 'presume' that there's no clubhouse blowback.

I understand your association to Graciapara; it is apt and not unwarranted. For now, I'm sure you'll agree, let us enjoy what we have and keep good thoughts.

 
July 12, 2011  11:15 AM ET
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Teixeira is paid a Top 10 salary, when he's barely in the Top 10 for his position.

I hope you're just fishing and don't really believe this.

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