In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Ellsbury is a unique talent with speed to burn and a pretty good swing. He led MLB in SB's with a high success rate while hitting around .300. Good enough glove to be a finalist for a gold glove in CF. But I honestly think Boras has Ellsbury convinced he can get what the Sox very unwisely gave to Carl Crawford--7 years, $140M or thereabouts. Ells, good as he is (and he will be missed beyond question), is just not worth that kind of money. For $20M X 7, you need a lot bigger bat.
Exactly, but for 20M x 7, you could get a combination of a lot of things over the course of seven years, and not necessarily a bigger bat. You have more flexability to pick up whatever you need at the time. Who knows what that may be three to seven years from now? Heck, who knows what that may be next season after FA and trading have run their course, and then we see goes down with injuries once the season starts?
The biggest drag on the Red Sox organization in 2012, in addition to Valentine, was not having the financial flexibility to address needs. The Dodger dump took care of a lot of that. I doubt that the organization wants to put so many eggs in one basket, unless it were a franchise player like Papi or elite pitcher before their prime years.
Ellsbury is valuable, but he ain't exactly like Maury Wills was to the Dodgers in 1962 when one or two manufactured runs often made the difference in many games.