posted at 1/24/2013 2:20 PM EST
In response to Softlaw1's comment:
personally agree that they could have gotten more; however, Prado is a very solid MLB player and made more sense from a roster construction and fit standpoint than Ellsbury.
We could have topped this offer, but not with a package that centered around Ellsbury.
You don't have a clue. Your mind is unable to read the facts and the details and see the obvious three team market that would have acquired J. Uptona and would have used Ellsbury as part of that currency.
The facts are clear that the Braves revelaed the market as so cheap that little currency was needed, and it most certainly didn't require trading Middlebrooks and "hang on to Ellsbury because the DBacks didn't want him".
Finding a third team can be difficult and we really dont know Ellsbury's value. He's been hurt and is a free agent after this year. Yes, it could have theoretically been done with a third team; however, its likely that the DBacks fielded offers for months, received one they wanted and jumped on it.
If they called the Sox and said, "Do you want to top this?" And the Sox replied: well, we'd want to move Ellsbury but need to find a third team...Its likely that the Dbacks would have said "nevermind, we have an offer we like".
If the sox really wanted Upton and really wanted to use Ellsbury as currency , this is something that they should have been pursuing for months. Not a last minute thing.
The Sox made the decision a while back not to pursue an Upton trade centered around Ellsbury. I'm not saying that this decision was right or wrong, just saying that the Sox did not want to pursue this.
Because the decision was made prior to the ATL trade, the fact that the sox could have put a more enticing package together involving Ellsbury is irrelevant.