Re: Ells: It's time to start making him serious offers.... BUY LOW
posted at 6/24/2013 9:29 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
Here's why the Sox haven't offered him $15 x 5.
It's because Scott Boras is his agent and Boras is going to pull the strings. If the Sox offer 15 x 5 that's where the bidding STARTS ... and it won't go lower. OTHO, if the Sox offer him a "negotiating offer" of, say 13 x 3 Boras will play the 'disrespect' card and the Sox will NEVER land him.
I really want this guy. He makes the offense go. When he gets on base things change for the better. If he gets signed to a five year contract he'll "only" be 34 during his last year and should salaries increase the way they have been increasing he'll be a bargain.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.
All good points!
But you have to start somewhere. I don't think the Sox should start with the minimum of $13M/3yr
Start at 14M/5yr. a very respectable contract.
Be willing to go as high as 15.5M/5yr
If you're outbidded at that point, at least you've tried. Given him respect. No higher!
Fact! Ells has not earned the long term respect of a SUPERSTAR. One year of superstar play won't cut it. Nowhere near $20M/5-7 yr deal reserved for a superstar. Not sure a superstar deserves this type of high risk contract anymore. We've seen too many superstars fall during these long term deals.
Fact. Ells has not played like a superstar but for the 2011 season. That's it. The rest is extrapolation....... & no team is going to extrapolate & project that he will be a superstar for the next 5 - 7 years. The Sox should make a respectful run at him!