Re: Is time to give Ellsbury a 4 year deal for 60M?
posted at 8/11/2013 12:35 PM EDT
The signing of Vic for 3 13 was more of an indication than the players you mentioned
Gomes can't play left let alone center.
Nava's i've always liked but he's no centerfielder
My guess is the Sox like many fans on here thought Bradley was ready or will be ready next year. He's hit .256 in June and .224 in July in Paw had a good game last night. I hope he picks up the pace but he really looked totally mismatched in his time in Boston.
I hope they were right and i'm wrong.
My guess is that Ellsbury is offered a QO and walks. (My guess is we offer him $64M/4.)
I think we sign a 1 year "bridge OF'er" unless we can find that elusive big bopper Rh'd bat via trade this winter. Otherwise, we are left with this for an OF, but also the money not spent on Ellsbury to upgrade other positions to lessen the blow of losing Ellsbury...
LF Nava/Carp vs RHPs & Gomes vs LHPs
CF Victorino/JBJ vs RHPs & JBJ vs LHPs
RF Victorino/Nava vs RHPs & Victorino vs LHPs
Then there ar guys like Brentz, Kalish, Hassan & Hazelbaker possibly knocking on the door.
There are other scenarios lsoing Ellsbury where we can still be highly competitive.
We could replace Salty with McCann.
We could find a solid RH'd bat that plays 1B, 3B, or OF.
We could build up the bullpen.
We could see a young prospect pitcher dominate.
We could see Bogaerts have a Fred Lynn/Jim Rice type rookie year.
We could see Middlebrooks shine.
We could see a few of these happen.
We have a lot of money to spend and still stay under the luxury tax limit. It doesn't have to be half of it on one player like Ellsbury.