Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/30/12
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. By agreeing yesterday with B.J. Upton on a five-year, $75.25 million contract, the Atlanta Braves won the battle for one of the big names in a market flush with center fielders. Michael Bourn, Angel Pagan and, of course, Josh Hamilton remain available, and the Braves have left their NL East rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals, to duke it out over those options. From a distance, the Red Sox [team stats] will watch with interest. For now, at least, there aren’t any signs the Sox have plans to trade Jacoby Ellsbury [stats], eligible for arbitration once more before becoming a free agent after next season, at which point he figures to receive offers well in excess of the contract Upton signed with Atlanta. (Unlike Ellsbury, Upton has never been an All-Star, to say nothing of an MVP runner-up.) And their reluctance is multifaceted: [...] “He’s our center fielder, and there’s been no discussions with regard to him that I’m aware of,” Lucchino said. “You don’t know whether someone is going to come to you and make some kind of proposal, but our plan is to have Jacoby Ellsbury as our center fielder this year going forward.” Herald: Jacoby Ellsbury set in CF...for now I would love nothing more than having the Red Sox sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a long term deal for the right price. We all know the "right price" figure is much different in our heads than in the greedy head of Scott Boras. I have accepted that Ellsbury's time with the Red Sox is growing thin and the likes of Jackie Bradley will help us forget about him. Unless the Sox make a trade or signing, they need Ellsbury in center. There is no one else out there, and no one in the minors that is ready for an everyday spot in the outfield. I mentioned Jackie Bradley, who is highly regarded, but is AT LEAST one season away from a call-up. We are just embarking on the month of December, which means there is a lot of time for moves to happen. The Sox have been relatively quiet up until this point with any trades or free-agent signings, but don't be surprised if a lot happens in the near future. Ellsbury will remain the Sox' CF until the surrounding positions in the outfield are filled. When they are, I do hope the Sox won't do anything stupid with him. On Page 2, Alfredo Aceves won't fit in 2013 If there is a common denominator in the Red Sox [team stats]’ initial offseason pursuits, it’s that character counts. By re-signing David Ortiz [stats], the Sox secured a franchise icon who has proven he is able to handle the distractions that come with playing in a baseball-crazed Northeast city. Moreover, recently added catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes along with top free agent targets Mike Napoli, Cody Ross and Nick Swisher have reputations as positive clubhouse influences. So, where does that leave Alfredo Aceves? After a season in which the enigmatic right-hander’s displeasure with his role led to eruptions of insubordination, the Red Sox will tender a contract to Aceves before tonight’s deadline to make offers to players eligible for arbitration, a league source told the Herald yesterday. Indeed, given their acute need for quality pitching, it’s senseless to simply cast off a 30-year-old with a track record of success, especially one who made only $1.2 million this year. Herald: Alfredo Aceves may not fit in plans Lauber mentioned one thing that Aceves couldn't do in 2012, get along with Bobby V. No ****. Even though he has potential and doesn't make much money (in baseball dollars), I would still like to see him out. Who knows if he can get along with Farrell? The Sox don't need a bipolar pitcher that could potentially cost the Sox some games. I don't care how much "success" he had with the Red Sox during his past 2 seasons here. The rest of the links: CSNNE: Which players will the Red Sox tender offers to? | Herald: Source: Mariano Rivera, Yanks agree to $10 million deal | ESPN Boston: Options abound as winter meetings near | Globe: Does Span trade open some doors for the Sox?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA Skills Challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker