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The Red Sox have decisions to make on Jacoby Ellsbury

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02:24 AM ET 10.13 | It's safe to say that 2012 didn't go as expected for the Boston Red Sox. After trading off Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, they've moved into a rebuilding mode. That puts them in an awkward position about what to do about Jacoby Ellsbury. His talent and contributions to the ball club are obvious, but he could have more value as another piece to sell off. Could he be traded? Will they keep him as part of the next reboot?

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October 13, 2012  04:04 PM ET

"Now playing centerfield for the New York Mets no. 1......Jacoby Ellsbury".....

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October 13, 2012  04:54 PM ET

wiseup: The Red Sox would pay Ellsbury a big contract then trade him to the yankees. If Ellsbury goes to free agency, boros and Ellsbury will have Yankees first on their list. I could see RedSoxtry and trade him to Texas,Detroit,Phillies, Or the Dodgers, anybody but Yankees, just for spite.

October 13, 2012  05:04 PM ET
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wiseup: The Red Sox would pay Ellsbury a big contract then trade him to the yankees. If Ellsbury goes to free agency, boros and Ellsbury will have Yankees first on their list. I could see RedSoxtry and trade him to Texas,Detroit,Phillies, Or the Dodgers, anybody but Yankees, just for spite.

First he and Boras can forget about getting big bucks....too many injuries....the only way he gets big money is through an incentive laden deal....

October 13, 2012  06:45 PM ET
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"Now playing centerfield for the New York Mets no. 1......Jacoby Ellsbury".....

I agree, trade him for Dickey!!! See what happens!!

October 13, 2012  06:46 PM ET
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First he and Boras can forget about getting big bucks....too many injuries....the only way he gets big money is through an incentive laden deal....

I agree, The Yankees have better Options!!!

October 13, 2012  06:56 PM ET
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I agree, trade him for Dickey!!! See what happens!!

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October 13, 2012  09:06 PM ET

Time to trade if they can get any value.
He's had one outstanding season and two recent seasons where he missed most of the games due to injury. Didn't come back from injury this year and impress anyone. He's brittle, and with Boras as an agent he's not worth keeping around if they can get anything for him.

October 14, 2012  01:43 AM ET

Trade him for a starting pitcher prospect. Be patient. Aim for 82 wins next year, and plan for a real rebound in 2014 (or possibly 2015). It is time to face the facts.

October 14, 2012  06:58 AM ET
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wiseup: The Red Sox would pay Ellsbury a big contract then trade him to the yankees. If Ellsbury goes to free agency, boros and Ellsbury will have Yankees first on their list. I could see RedSoxtry and trade him to Texas,Detroit,Phillies, Or the Dodgers, anybody but Yankees, just for spite.

wiesup: The Yankees are going to reduce payroll and Ellsbury will not be a Yankee.

October 14, 2012  07:23 AM ET
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wiesup: The Yankees are going to reduce payroll and Ellsbury will not be a Yankee.

Wise (up) words oh Zen-master.

October 14, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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wiesup: The Yankees are going to reduce payroll and Ellsbury will not be a Yankee.

You are correct. Once Swisher is out of there payroll will go down. Trades involving guys like Nova and/or Nunez will be looked at. I would not rule out them shopping Granderson on his last year of this contract this winter. Obviously this Yankee group has topped out and there are only so many of those contracts you can move.

October 14, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Jacoby Ellsbury is signed for 2013 at $8.05 million next year , not a lot of money comparatively, and then he will be FA. He is going nowhere. The Red Sox need him, even if only one year. Add in Boras is his agent, and what team wants to walk into that mess in a year?

October 14, 2012  12:01 PM ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury is signed for 2013 at $8.05 million next year , not a lot of money comparatively, and then he will be FA. He is going nowhere. The Red Sox need him, even if only one year. Add in Boras is his agent, and what team wants to walk into that mess in a year?

I think you are right. His value is down right now due to injuries, so the Red Sox are not likely to trade him now. Next year he will play (for the Red Sox) for the big deal. Red Sox may shop him at the deadline next year if he is having a big season, but right now there is no point in trading him.

October 14, 2012  12:14 PM ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury is signed for 2013 at $8.05 million next year , not a lot of money comparatively, and then he will be FA. He is going nowhere. The Red Sox need him, even if only one year. Add in Boras is his agent, and what team wants to walk into that mess in a year?

If I were Ellsbury,I would not sign any contract until the end of next season, if he makes it thru the Season without an injury, he will up his Value!

October 14, 2012  01:01 PM ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury is signed for 2013 at $8.05 million next year , not a lot of money comparatively, and then he will be FA. He is going nowhere. The Red Sox need him, even if only one year. Add in Boras is his agent, and what team wants to walk into that mess in a year?

Understand your thinking, but can't agree.
They need pitching, and if they can get a decent one for Ells they should go for it, since he's only good for another year in Boston. They can find a CF for a year or two on the FA or trade market, and wait for their minor league kids to produce a CF player.
Ells production this year after returning from injury was not impressive.

 
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