Re: Ellsbury Trade Idea - Thoughts?
posted at 12/14/2011 8:08 AM EST
In Response to Re: Ellsbury Trade Idea - Thoughts?
[QUOTE]As of this moment, he's the best all-around player on the team. That's a fact No, that is an opinion. Last season is over. Take the last 2 or 3 seasons to determine who the best player on the team is. It isn't about whether Kalish or Reddick, both quite adequate in earlier MLB stints, are proven. With Crawford contract and current roster and players current and near future value and fit, it is about what the Red Sox get back in a trade. Ellsbury trade value free falls from post winter, just as rapidly as it climbed, due to years of control, cost to FA, cost post FA, and career median averages.
Posted by hankwilliams[/QUOTE]
2010 doesn't count for Ellsbury. In 2011 he was the best all-around performer on the team. He is the reigning best performer, on the empirical record.
Two-thirds of an outfield as "adequate," if even that holds, is not sufficient, especially since Crawford, the other third, has yet to show that he has the goods in Boston.
Anyone ready for an outfield of Crawford, Kalish, Reddick?
Boston needs Ellsbury in the outfield now. He will probably be traded, sooner or later. At that time, the other interested team(s) will decide what his trade value is to them, including what it would cost to retain him as he approaches FA or becomes a FA. It cannot be said with certainty that his trade value "free falls"
( severe language here ) post winter, because all the organizations, their needs, their resources ( money and personnel ), and, in general, their leverage cannot be known, obviously, at this point; nor, for that mater, can what Ellsbury will do on the field in 2012.
That will be in centerfield for the Boston Red Sox.