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Boras: Flood of teams calling on Ellsbury, Drew

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07:31 AM ET 11.01 | Between the time the Red Sox won a World Series and were to celebrate it over the weekend, talk of breaking up the title-winning team has started. Agent Scott Boras said Thursday that he's already received 11 phone calls from baseball general managers inquiring about Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew. Both players became a free agents when the World Series ended, although the Red Sox retain negotiating rights with them until Nov. 5. "These players are very popular," Boras said. Boras said he hoped to hear from the Red Sox soon and acknowledged there's a lot going on. He didn't expect to hear from them until after Saturday's parade to celebrate their World Series championship. Boras said Drew, who struggled with his offense, went to visit an eye doctor before Game 6 and he wound up hitting a home run.

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November 1, 2013  07:41 AM ET

Someone will give Ellsbury stupid money. He's a goner.

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November 1, 2013  08:05 AM ET

and so the spider begins spinning his web..

November 1, 2013  08:06 AM ET
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Yes, but I think most teams can't afford him. There are some big spenders out there that will be interested - Detroit, Texas, perhaps the Cubs and Yankees, Philadelphia. I think Seattle will pursue heavily.Like you, I don't see him back in Boston.

I don't think Theo will open the vault for him in Chicago. Seattle isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Unless the Rangers are going to move Martin I don't see that, but the others could be possibilities.

November 1, 2013  08:12 AM ET

So Drew took an eye exam and now he's going to hit a HR every game...nice try, Boras. I guess he played well enough to be worth the qualifying offer if he does end up coming back for one year, but it seems very unlikely.

Ellsbury is a different animal, his recent track record (while spotty) is better than Drew's and he adds a lot with his defense and baserunning even if he never hits 30 HRs again. He's also a tremendous marketing draw for the team, witness the number of Ellsbury tshirts you see (especially worn by ladies, he IS dreamy!). You know the Bosox aren't dying to have Jackie Bradley Jr. out there, but Ellsbury has been essentially worthless every other season lately and will surely draw huge money anyway. I doubt they want to sign a guy as old as Beltran to take his place, but Ellsbury seems like the risk that the generally savvy Boston front office tends to avoid.
The best hope is that Ells pulls a Tek and tells Boras to work out the best possible deal with Boston, but I can't see that happening.

November 1, 2013  08:12 AM ET
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I don't think Theo will open the vault for him in Chicago. Seattle isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Unless the Rangers are going to move Martin I don't see that, but the others could be possibilities.

The Cards could use him as well.

November 1, 2013  08:22 AM ET

I think Drew may be a target for the Cardinals. They have to do something at short.

November 1, 2013  08:25 AM ET

I'll be surprised if the Cardinals don't sign Beltran. He seems to like it here and he's very popular. The Cardinals still need his bat in the lineup.

November 1, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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I think Drew may be a target for the Cardinals. They have to do something at short.

I'd be fine with that with Bogaerts waiting, although we need to have Middlebrooks step up then. Drew did OK last season, I kept thinking he was sucking hard but he really did his job. He really liked hitting in Fenway, might take a step back if he heads somewhere else.
Drew at SS with Bogaerts at 3B while the team figures out if Will can really hit is probably the safest option, but it's expensive.

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November 1, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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The Cards could use him as well.

DO you think they would go for Ells and Beltran and then maybe move Jon Jay?
Ells just seems like the big money play the Cards try to avoid.

November 1, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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DO you think they would go for Ells and Beltran and then maybe move Jon Jay?Ells just seems like the big money play the Cards try to avoid.

i just hope its not with the sox. I like the direction they are going, getting club house guys on a fiscally responsible budget, instead of the big-ticket busts. And ellisbury is just an injury machine. No way is he worth what boras is already tooting his flute on.

November 1, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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i just hope its not with the sox. I like the direction they are going, getting club house guys on a fiscally responsible budget, instead of the big-ticket busts. And ellisbury is just an injury machine. No way is he worth what boras is already tooting his flute on.

Ellsbury is a big part of that team. If he leaves he will be hard to replace.

November 1, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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DO you think they would go for Ells and Beltran and then maybe move Jon Jay?Ells just seems like the big money play the Cards try to avoid.

All I know is their CF's are awful. He would be a nice upgrade. They could let Beltran go and just move Craig to RF.

November 1, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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Ellsbury is a big part of that team. If he leaves he will be hard to replace.

I have my doubts about whether Jackie Bradley will be up to the task if Ells does go elsewhere.

November 1, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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and so the spider begins spinning his web..

Exactly; Boras is hyping the product even if no one actually called.

November 1, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So Drew took an eye exam and now he's going to hit a HR every game...nice try, Boras. I guess he played well enough to be worth the qualifying offer if he does end up coming back for one year, but it seems very unlikely.Ellsbury is a different animal, his recent track record (while spotty) is better than Drew's and he adds a lot with his defense and baserunning even if he never hits 30 HRs again. He's also a tremendous marketing draw for the team, witness the number of Ellsbury tshirts you see (especially worn by ladies, he IS dreamy!). You know the Bosox aren't dying to have Jackie Bradley Jr. out there, but Ellsbury has been essentially worthless every other season lately and will surely draw huge money anyway. I doubt they want to sign a guy as old as Beltran to take his place, but Ellsbury seems like the risk that the generally savvy Boston front office tends to avoid.The best hope is that Ells pulls a Tek and tells Boras to work out the best possible deal with Boston, but I can't see that happening.

Agree down the line.
Ells might tell Boras to give Seattle a deal if he wants to play near his home town.

November 1, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Meh!

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November 1, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Cards will need to sign Beltran, however, it's possible that they will let him go, move Jay and or Kozma, and go after Drew, and a CF. Jay is awful against lefties, and a Robinson/Jay platoon isn't the answer. I could also see Berkman being brought back as a backup to Craig in RF, with Adams at 1st, if Beltran leaves. Freese will be allowed another 1/2 season to get his hitting straightened out - he's earned that much.

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