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Red Sox hope they can afford Jacoby Ellsbury

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07:59 AM ET 09.07 | The Red Sox have keen interest in re-signing star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, according to people familiar with their thinking. However, Red Sox connected people are suggesting now that if Ellsbury's market goes well into the nine-figure arena -- and considering their own $142 million deal for Carl Crawford three winters ago among other comps, it could happen -- they aren't necessarily optimistic that Boston will be able to retain him. The Red Sox tried to re-sign Ellsbury sometime before this season, and all indications are they will try again. The issue is whether they have interest in getting into a bidding war that could go easily past the $100 million mark, well past it if you listen to Ellsbury's agent Scott Boras' words Thursday.

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September 7, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Oh stop! Of course they can afford him, that is not the question. The risk is " who is he?"..The guy who jacked 32 home runs in 660 at bats in 2011 or the speedy circa .280 guy who has hit 12 home runs in his last 869 at bats.

The 32 HR guy with 105 RBI is worth a lot more than the fast .280 50 RBI guy. The Crawford deal is a nomination for all time dumb category, that kind of cash to Ellsbury would be nearly as bad.

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September 7, 2013  10:45 AM ET

He's gone. Boras will get his payday elsewhere.

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September 7, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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I don't know-where is the big payday coming from ?NY won't pay him and cano....and if they lose cano- they could keep granderson cheaperanaheim has a ton of $ locked upLA has an OF that is set.not sure where the market is for him at the price range he and boras thinks he is worth

I'd offer him a contract similar to the one Pedroia just received. IMO, he's worth it.

September 7, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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I'd offer him a contract similar to the one Pedroia just received. IMO, he's worth it.

Not sure I'd want to go the same length of deal for Ellsbury.

September 7, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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Not sure I'd want to go the same length of deal for Ellsbury.

7 years, 100M, I wouldn't have a problem with that. Jacoby has always kept himself in great shape, so he should age well. As far as the injuries are concerned, they were freak injuries. It's not like he has a chronic injury like a back or knee you have to worry about.

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September 7, 2013  12:16 PM ET
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I guess .... what is that like 14 mil a season?in the end though...who are the sox bidding against at that price?

I would guess the Cubs, Mets, Mariners, maybe Texas.

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September 7, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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forgot about the mets....yeah, they do need some OF helpcubs ? maybe- theo connection....but not sure if they are ready to jump into the FA market yettexas ? maybe- though they do make some odd decisionsseattle? maybe- not sure what their financial plans are

But if I was Boston, I wouldn't let Boras drag it out. I'd offer it to him now as a take it or leave it scenario. I'm pretty sure Boras will probably leave it, but IMO, it would be pretty tough to walk away from a guaranteed 100M if I was Ellsbury.

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September 7, 2013  01:55 PM ET
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I don't know-where is the big payday coming from ?NY won't pay him and cano....and if they lose cano- they could keep granderson cheaperanaheim has a ton of $ locked upLA has an OF that is set.not sure where the market is for him at the price range he and boras thinks he is worth

Seattle may be interested and Ells lives in the Northwest off season.

September 7, 2013  01:59 PM ET

Sox having Jackie Bradley Jr. ready to take over center field is an excellent fallback option.
I'm with 50 Year; Ells is a huge question mark?

September 7, 2013  06:14 PM ET

Fracture and walking boot don't help his case much. Not a $100 million bidding war to begin with. Never was.

September 7, 2013  10:35 PM ET
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I don't know-where is the big payday coming from ?

I wouldn't discount the possibility of Theo Epstein and the Cubs bidding for his services.

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September 7, 2013  11:39 PM ET

I think Ellsbury is somewhat spoiled in that he has gotten used to playing with a winner. So whether or not he re-signs with Boston, I don't think he's inclined to go to some bottom feeder just for the $$$.

 
September 8, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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IMO- he's the speed guy and once these guys hit 30+ that starts to slow.....also he's been way too injured throughout his career to invest a long term contract onI don't need a 35 year old 'speed' guy at 20 mil$4 years 60 would be what I'd offer-if he takes it- great, if not....adios

Four years 60 million sounds right.

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