At the end of the season, Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will become a free agent. The Red Sox definitely are interested in re-signing the 29-year old, but if his price "goes well into the nine-figure" area, the Red Sox don't appear too optimistic that they will be re-signing him.
The Boston Red Sox have "keen interest" in re-signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury this offseason, according to Jon Heyman of CBS. The Red Sox tried to sign Ellsbury before this season, but those talks resulted in nothing. The Red Sox will, however, try to re-sign him this offseason.
If Ellsbury's price does indeed go "well into the nine-figure" area, the Red Sox appear unlikely to re-sign him, as I said before. A possible free agent comparison is B.J. Upton who got a five-year, $75.2 million deal from the Braves this past offseason, league executives told Heyman.
While those executives gave Heyman that comparison, Ellsbury's well known agent Scott Boras doesn't think all too much of that comparison. Boras told Heyman this in an interview with CBS Sports:
“Two things separate Ellsbury [from Crawford]. Carl Crawford was never proven as a leadoff hitter, and Carl Crawford is not a center fielder,'' Boras said. “They are two different animals. It's not a consideration because he's a corner outfielder. Just think if Carl Crawford could play center field.”
For those of you wondering, Carl Crawford signed a $142 million deal with the Red Sox three years ago. It sure sounds like Boras believes Ellsbury deserves a bigger contract than Crawford, judging by his comments.
Jacoby Ellsbury has interest in re-signing with the Red Sox, but Heyman says it may come down to dollars and cents on who he signs with. Ellsbury is hitting .296 with eight home runs, 51 RBI's and 51 stolen bases this season. Ellsbury is one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball and he likely will receive a big contract this offseason, but from which team he receives that contract, is unknown.
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