The Boston Red Sox should seriously look into trading center
fielder Jacoby Ellsbury given their disappointing 2012 season and the many
needs the team currently has to fill, reports Michael Silverman of the Boston
Trading Jacoby Ellsbury,
however, looks to be the smartest way to proceed, and here’s why.
While they aren’t likely to admit it, Silverman says the Red
Sox are in a sort of “rebuilding mode” this winter. They still have a talented
core of players, but he implores them to steer clear of the expensive free
agent signings that took them down the path they’ve been on for the past two
Ellsbury could be someone to extend and build the team
around. However, agreeing to a new contract with the center fielder is easier
said than done given his inconsistent track record.
In 2011 Ellsbury was one of the game’s best players,
garnering American League MVP votes. Last season he was limited by injuries to
303 at-bats and only managed an OPS of .682.
Because the team and Ellsbury’s representation are unlikely
to agree on an extension and because the 29-year-old will hit the open market
after the 2013 season, Silverman believes this winter is the time for the Red
Sox to make a trade.
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