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08:13 AM ET 10.10 | Soon, the Red Sox will focus on gauging what it would take to pry John Farrell from the final year of his contract with Toronto. [Determining Farrell's status is] the first order of business in what figures to be a hectic offseason. But it won't compare to their impending waltz with Jacoby Ellsbury [stats]. Contractually, at least, the Red Sox control Ellsbury for one more season, leaving them obligated to do nothing more than repeat the arbitration process and give the center fielder another one-year raise from his $8.05 million salary before he reaches free agency. That would be the shortsighted course of action. The Red Sox surely will consider a multiyear extension for Ellsbury, but his value isn't easily determined.

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October 10, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Trade him now before it's too late...........

October 10, 2012  08:25 AM ET

I think Ellsbury is going to be just a tad too expensive for the Red Sox to resign.

October 10, 2012  08:32 AM ET

5 years $80M, if he turns it down, (which I expect he will) then trade him.

October 10, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Boras will not Ellsbury sign early. It is not his way. I think the Sox will keep Ellsbury for what we will be a career year in 2013, a year in which Ells will actually play hurt if he has to. But he'll be wearing a different uniform in 2014.

October 10, 2012  08:41 AM ET
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I think Ellsbury is going to be just a tad too expensive for the Red Sox to resign.

Only the pinstripes can outbid the Red Sox for a free agent. But I think the Sox are going to truly try to be fiscally disciplined after seeing the success of the A's, O's, Nats and Cards this year.

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October 10, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Why in the world would they persue this guy....he hasn't done anything worth the attention....to go from one losing manager to another would be real productive......or is it that Pedroia and company can crap all over him without any repercussions...

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October 10, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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I also don't see why the Bosox HAVE to have Farrell.

Me neither.

October 10, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Me neither.

Me neither,neither. But Cherington needs to pull his finger out of his butt and hire a new manager. End of November just won't cut it. Last year it was a circus.

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October 10, 2012  09:22 AM ET

First of all they have to bring in a manager who will bring peace.harmony, and togetherness to the club house, and then worry about what to do with a younger J. D. Drew.

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October 10, 2012  09:31 AM ET

I think they should give Bill Mueller a shot. I know he has no experience, but it couldn't be worse than this year.

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