Re: John Henry says its unlikely the Red Sox will resign Ellsbury
posted at 7/26/2013 8:07 AM EDT
In response to MadMc44's comment:
We should be asking Boras where should we trade Ells before the deadline that would give him a jump start on future negotiations--Houston(kidding), the Angels, Dodgers, M's, Giants, you tell us because we are not going to be in the bidding and if he stays we will make a QO and take the "pick" which will put Ells in the same boat as Bourn from last offseason.
Ells is a very good player however compared to JBJ--
Similar speed--maybe edge to Ells.
Good defenders in CF(JBJ would not balk at playing the corners.
JBJ has a much better arm.
JBJ has more power.
JBJ is younger hopefully able to avoid collisions.
A lot less money and still a Boras client: I like JBJ.
I like Bradley too, but that is a very one-sided comparison. Big speed age to Ellsbury--compared to him, Bradley doesn't even know how to steal a base. Big hitting edge to Ellsbury--Bradley has yet to show he can hit MLB pitching, but Ellsbury was hitting MLB well in 2007 at the same age and has had three solid to great seasons in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Bradley greater power is unproven, again because he hasn't shown power at the MLB level. Avoiding collisions is not exactly a skill and some would say it's a negative attribute.
Bradley's three best assests are youth, price, and fielding ability, including an excellent arm and very good instincts. He might also be a good hitter. Ellsbury is a proven offensive player who also has great speed in CF and has a gold glove. There can be no question he will be missed in the Sox lineup, but I think he will be missed because of the likely price tag--something comparable to Crawford's $20M/year for x years. Boras says Ellsbury is a franchise player, which is how he is going to price him.