Re: Ellsbury Trade Idea - Thoughts?
posted at 12/15/2011 10:18 AM EST
have no problem with comments after a deal is made, as long as the tone is not more authoritative than the future tense will permit. Baseball is notoriously unpredictable.
Ain't that the truth! Even the Beckett/Lowell for HanRam/A.Sanchez deal now looks different than it did after 2007's ring.
Trading Ellsbury now, even for a pedigreed pitcher, would leave other gaps. That's why I asked whether you'd be satisfied with Crawford/Kalish/Reddick/McDonald.
Not really, but if we added Cody Ross or the like, and we got guys like Tommy Hanson and Eric O'Flaherty for Ellsbury, Salty and Bowden
or straight up Matt Cain (with an extension), I'd seriously consider it (I'd love to get Romo with the deal, but thats not likely).
...and who would lead off.
I suppose Crawford or Scutty. Look, I realize our offense would take a huge hit losing Jacoby, but I think our offense would still be near the top without him. Our pitching won't unless we do something major.
It's beginning to look like the Sox are not willing to pay for any of the outfielders now on the hoof. That would be OK if Ellsbury stays in place, and McDonald chips in some production against lefties -- and no balls are hit to him in RF.
No, Gutierrez in a trade including pitchers won't do. You mentioned the Braves and the Giants. What pitchers, if available, would you accept from one of these teams in a swap for Ellsbury, considering other problems his departure would create?
I also mentioned in an earlier post that Ellsbury might be traded if the Sox are stumbling all over the place at mid-season. This seems like a long shot.
As I said elsewhere, IF the three guys up front pitch, Boston should be in the mix. They need to start going 7+. IMO, that issue will be decisive.