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Depending on how you value Ellsbury, there are two ways to view this option. One, the Red Sox should trade him now before his stock drops further as his MVP-caliber season goes farther into the rear-view mirror. Two, they should keep him and let him rebuild value in the first half rather than sell low following the disappointing year he just had. It’s worth noting that if Ellsbury is traded at the deadline, his new team wouldn’t be able to recoup draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. That will factor into trade talks.
Determining a proper return given the last few years is very tough. Is this a situation like Matt Holliday, who was a legit star when he was traded from the Rockies to the Athletics? Is he the inconsistent Melky Cabrera going from the Royals to the Giants? Is he worth more in a deal than Shin-Soo Choo? The Red Sox have a number of holes on the big league roster and could fill one or two (or three?) by moving Ellsbury this winter. There’s no shortage of teams in need of a center fielder, especially one who has demonstrated the ability to be an impact player.
Fangraphs | Jacoby Ellsbury's three outcomes
Mike Axisa covers the Red Sox' options with Jacoby Ellsbury (much like I did here a few weeks back) and essentially concludes that the team should either sign him long term or trade him. He doesn't come out and say it, but if you read the piece it sounds like he most advocates trading Jacoby.
It all comes down to -- like with virtually any roster move -- what people are willing to pay. If you can find anyone to compensate you for a near-MVP-level performance, I think you have to do it. If the wider market sees him as inferior to Shin-Soo Choo, then we have issues.
Probably the Sox' best move is to lay low and deny they want to trade him (check), and monitor the BJ Upton market carefully. Let's say the Nationals (as widely suspected) court Upton pretty significantly, but at the last second the Yankees swoop in and give him $90 million. Next day, Ben should call up the Nationals and see what they'd part with to get Ellsbury, and maybe their willingness to fill that role will result in a better package coming Boston's way.
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The Red Sox made a historic trade in terms of dollars moved a few months ago, a trade that simultaneously improved their long-term outlook while burning their short-term chances to the ground. Boston lost 26 of 34 games after the deal with the Dodgers and will spend the winter picking up the pieces, trying to find smart ways to invest the $260+ million in savings while getting the...
The Red Sox just signed David Ross as a catcher and are also said to be going after Mike Napoli. That tells me that Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway are certainly available. Which one would be a better target for the Mets and what would the cost be?
Both of these players are interesting, but both have their issues and they would not be the final...
The Boston Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year deal worth $6.2 million.
The deal was reached over the weekend. Ross was in Boston for a physical this week before it could be finalized.
Ross played 62 games for the Atlanta Braves last season, his 11th in the major leagues. He batted .256 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Atlanta went 54-35 in his starts at catcher...
This Napoli-to-Boston speculation/reporting seems to be picking up speed. Ben talked about WEEI's report about the Sox' interest in Napoli, and now ESPN's Buster Olney follows up that the Sox have their sleuthing hats on again.
The last time I remember the Red Sox being noted for doing "extensive background work," it was their infamous chase of Carl Crawford...
A couple of years ago, I wondered why David Ross was taking such small contracts to back up Brian McCann in Atlanta when he seemed to be good enough to start elsewhere. Whether it was a lack of interest from other teams or Ross’ desire to stay in Atlanta, it puzzled me. When he was eligible for free agency again this season, I figured he would probably just stay in in Atlanta as...
Red Sox Nation surely wants to see Cody Ross back in Fenway next season, but the market for the outfielder may be much larger than originally thought.
Enter the Atlanta Braves, one of several teams reported to have interest in Ross. According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Braves view Ross as a candidate to play left field everyday, with Martin Prado moving from left to third base...
The Red Sox made a move two days ago signing David Ross to a two year, $6.2 million contract. Ross brings with him four solid consecutive seasons backing up Brian McCann in Atlanta. Ross is a competent hitter and is what many scouts and experts expect to be a considerable upgrade over Kelly Shoppach. He [...]
Tonight on CLNSRadio.com, SportsFans in Headbands returns from 8:00- 9:00 pm with host Nathan Conley and special co-host Chris Hogan, CLNSRadio’s Featured Columnist and Red Sox Beat Editor. Jason Saulter will not be on tonight’s show due to other obligations. Despite that, the guys will have an action packed show. Nate and Chris will [...]
The Boston Red Sox signed veteran catcher David Ross to a
two-year contract, leading some to speculate that the team’s starting backstop Jarrod
Saltalamacchia could be traded this offseason. However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX
Sports reports the Red Sox had been shopping Saltalamacchia “for weeks” prior
to the signing of Ross.
For those wondering about #RedSox’s intentions...
Like any baseball fan I've been spending a fair share of time on MLBTradeRumors this offseason, and I've been struck by the building interest in two former Sox: Kevin Youkilis and Jed Lowrie.
Youk is a free agent and someone who many fans had hoped would return to Boston, although it doesn't appear likely. MLBTR lists six interested teams and Boston is not among them...
The offseason baseball wheels are turning, and so far, the Red Sox have been quiet.
They picked up David Ross, but that was more notable for how it gave Boston three catchers and possibly two guys named Ross, not what it meant competitively.
Red Sox fans aren’t interested in tinkering. They want news on Mike Napoli, Josh Hamilton, Jason Bay and the many other names that could immediately...
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Not even five months after the monstrous trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox that saw nearly a quarter of a billion in salaries changing hands, it looks like the AL East is set to acquire some payroll from a National League team. And the team doing the buying is probably not who you’d expect. Reports [...]