Originally written on Beantown Banter  |  Last updated 11/12/13
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Most of us cannot imagine turning down $14.1 million for one year of work. We could retire from our jobs and — if we manage the money well — never have to work or worry about money again. How, then, does it not surprise me that Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, and Stephen Drew turned down that qualifying offer? Even more, many fans expected them to do so. MLB.com’s Jason Mastrodonato confirmed the announcement late Monday night. In today’s baseball money, $14.1 million is still a large sum, but it pales in comparison to what some players make. Maybe that is why all three Red Sox players turned down the qualifying offer. They may not get that total for one year (although Ellsbury has a chance), but they could secure more over time. CBS Sports.com lists Ellsbury as the #2 free agent position player for this offseason behind only Robinson Cano. At .298/.350/.439, 9 HR, 52 RBI, it does not appear as if Ellsbury could command the six to eight years and $100 million that he has reportedly se...
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