In response to MadMc44's comment:
This reminds me of the Albert Pujols walk off from the Cards. That move and smart drafting have made them a better club. I agree with many Ells is a very good player--and amazingly he has stayed out of medical issues during his walk year--must be whatever he's eating.
I like the idea of keeping your good players and bringinging them up through the Sox system. There is a difference between Pedroia and Ellsbury. Ells is not going to win us a WS. I think wev've seen a couple of good drafts. Like the Cards we have to make some stealth pick-ups a ]]]]] Beltran and find a catcher like Molina.
As I see it we have some pieces--Pedroia and Iggy and either Victorino or JBJ in CF. My suggestion make Vazquez earn it and keep Ross to mentor him. We have to be strong up the middle and if Iggy can improve his hitting so he is in the .250 range that will be acceptable.
I see Bogaerts and Cecchini fighting it out for third--I think Cecch wins and Boggie goes to left. If WMB is not traded off before the deadline I could see him at 1 B platooning with Carp or Nava.
There will be some big changes but I think very positive changes. Our rotation will only get better and whomever doesn't make the rotation will be shoring up the pen.
Ells for Downs, Ells for Pence, Ells for David Murphy(bring back one of our original Sox picks). Trade Ells for someone that won't take someone's spot for next season unless you can sign Murphy long term(3 or 4 Years) to play RF.
The are NOT trading Ellsbury this year. They are trying to win.
The Sox will give him a QO and wait to see what the market sets for a value on him. My guess is they will make him an offer like Pedey and if he goes elsewhere, they will gladly take a 1st round comp pick.