In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:

In response to Ice-Cream's comment:


My guess is Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras will want a contract similar to the one Crawford got with Boston (7 years, around $140 million).

Ellsbury is a very good player when he is healthy.

God forbid, the Red Sox are out of it by the trading deadline next July, then it will be best to trade him.  

Oh yes - this is part of the plan - no doubt.  The Sox have no intention of keeping Ellsbury (their best player). 

He will be traded at the break - for "hot" major league prospects.