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08:14 AM ET 02.18 | Is it a safe bet? Jacoby Ellsbury is the greatest flight risk in the history of baseball. There is no way he will be playing for the Red Sox next spring. I'd bet my hair on it. I tell him so in the clubhouse at JetBlue Park. "Everybody knows you are gone," I say. "If you're still here next year, I'll shave my head." "Go for it," says Ellsbury. No problem. My hair is safe. Like everybody else around here, I know there is no chance Ellsbury will be with the Red Sox next year. Nothing wrong with that. It's just a fact. Ellsbury is polite, but he's weary of the contract question. It must be weird to go into a season when you know ... and your teammates know ... and all of the fans know that you are gone at the end of the year.

The Boston Globe

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February 18, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Well, if he doesn't play anymore or any better than he did in 2012 and 2010, then he may not have that many options next year. He turns 30 this September. If he stays healthy, fine, if not?

February 18, 2013  08:54 AM ET

The article sounds like an old NWA promotion, hair versus contact match next season.

February 18, 2013  08:56 AM ET

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February 18, 2013  09:47 AM ET

He's going to have to prove he can stay healthy before he can cash in on a fat contract. He's only had one exceptional season.

February 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET

He will be delighted to play almost anywhere else!

February 18, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Boston knew this 2 years ago when he turned down a extension. Which is why he shouldn't even be here now. They should have traded him for pitching right after his career year in 2011, when his value was at it's highest.

February 18, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's going to have to prove he can stay healthy before he can cash in on a fat contract. He's only had one exceptional season.

Somebody is going to look at this situation and think he's worth the risk. Which he would be for team that's invested nothing so far. As for Boston, there comes a time when you just want to cut your losses and move ahead.

February 18, 2013  10:57 AM ET

Here is something I never thought I'd ever say or write...Dan Shaughnessy is correct. If Ellsbury plays well, and stays healthy, he'll be gone by or at the trade deadline. If he has a crap season, or gets hurt yet again, he goes to the highest bidder next offseason. No way he's with the club next year.

February 18, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's going to have to prove he can stay healthy before he can cash in on a fat contract. He's only had one exceptional season.

one exeptional season? against 3 trips to the DL for a long period of time right??
sure, this guy likely bogone by next spring!!!!

February 18, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

begone

fixed

February 18, 2013  11:55 AM ET

injuries had been his best refferences about his poor stats,,no team should sign him for no more than a one year deal,,why?? too many injuries in his weak ans fragil body!!!

February 18, 2013  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Here is something I never thought I'd ever say or write...Dan Shaughnessy is correct. If Ellsbury plays well, and stays healthy, he'll be gone by or at the trade deadline. If he has a crap season, or gets hurt yet again, he goes to the highest bidder next offseason. No way he's with the club next year.

Much as it pains me, I'd have to agree with the CHB assessment.

February 18, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well, if he doesn't play anymore or any better than he did in 2012 and 2010, then he may not have that many options next year. He turns 30 this September. If he stays healthy, fine, if not?

the age and the rash of injuries are about to be bidding ,who should win the odds???injury rash or the age in his weak body??

February 18, 2013  12:00 PM ET

Ellsbury could had been a great player except,,,,,the injuries dictates differently

February 18, 2013  01:42 PM ET

This guy is outstanding when Healthy!

February 18, 2013  05:07 PM ET

2014 playing centerfield for the New York Mets Jacoby Ellsbury........

February 18, 2013  05:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

2014 playing centerfield for the New York Mets Jacoby Ellsbury........

He's going home to the left coast.

February 18, 2013  06:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

2014 playing centerfield for the New York Mets Jacoby Ellsbury........

How did that Jason Bay signing work out?

February 18, 2013  06:45 PM ET

No big deal if he does leave, as they have Jackie Bradley waiting for the call up. I'd just like to see the Red Sox get some kind of return for him before he does depart for good.

 
February 18, 2013  08:27 PM ET

The kid, no longer a kid at almost 30, has had one exceptional year, 2011, in his Bosox career.
He has talent, but is brittle or fragile, and not a clubhouse leader. Plus, he has Boras as an agent, toxic!
So, let him perform well up to trade deadline and then get something for him from a contending team that's needs his skills.
If he doesn't perform, then tender him and see what happens if another team signs him and the Sox get a compensatory high draft pick.
Either way, he's gone, but with bennies for the home team.

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