Originally written November 05, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
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 Herald. 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 seasons. 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. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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