Re: Memo to Posters Who Want Ellsbury beyond 2013: Provide your specifice FA contract Offer
posted at 3/15/2013 2:48 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Spaceman advocates for the return of Ellsbury beyond 2013.
The specifics of my FA offer: Contract offer will be based on performance in 2013, relative to 2014 FA market value, with variables including the 2013 performance of Jackie Bradley Jr.
You are avoiding the issue, for which you are not prepared. You are simply reacting, waiting for after the fact.
The business is about specfifics, Space. It's not about "with variables included the 2013 performance".
If you advocate for the return of Ellsbury beyond 2013, you are incompetent if you don't put a pre-free agency contract extension on the table for Ellsbury. If he turns down your top extension offer, you have to know the specifics of what you will offer if he has a big year, average year or poor year. You are incompetent if you "wiat on Bradley's performance while you wait for a couple of months of minor league ball" (which is a joke on evaluatiing the plans for him long term).
If you want Ellsbury beyond 2013, you do not wait to see what happens with Bardley. Bradley can be traded, either way, regardless of what he does. Ellsbury's now in the last few months of the current incomptent GM deciding if he is going to anticipate and plan or simply react at the end. That's why he's incompetent, and why the Red Sox are in the state they are in with 150 million a year and low expecations.
And to the numnut who says "Bradley in RF and Ellsbury in CF for 2014", that's not going to happen. But, provide your specific contract offer to Ellsbury, if he has a big 2013, good, fair, poor or embarrasing like last year. This isn't fantasy baseball where you wait until after the fact.
Uh, no. Actually, and specifically, the business is
about waiting and seeing what is going to happen with Ellsbury and Bradley in 2013. No one has ever in the history of baseball or any other sport for that matter, offered a player a free agent contract before said player hit free agency.
Free agency, though, as you say, very much unlike fantasy baseball, is entirely about waiting until after the fact. The fact that you wish to sucker someone into laying out a huge FA figure for Ellsbury based on impossible projection does not change the actual business.
If you would like me to take a specific shot at laying out an extension offer, I will gladly do that.