Re: trade Ellsbury before the season starts
posted at 3/2/2013 11:58 AM EST
While the market for Ellsbury might be not much now, if a team with 2013 aspriatons loses their CF for the year, it absolutely opens the market for Ellsbury. Say Austin Jackson, Denard Span, BJ Upton, or Matt Kemp get injured during ST? Or Leonys Martin? And probably a few others. Adam Eaton? Angel Pagan? Ben Revere? None of these players are immune to season-ending injury. If Ellsbury does have a season-ending injury in ST, it probably helps Boston, as it has potential effects on his short term demands. Why turn down a Qualifying Offer after a missed season?
We should have tried to get Bauer for Jacoby earlier this winter.
As it stands now, there are actually 2 teams that could use Ellsbury - Tampa and the Yankees. NY is likely to stopgap for the first 10 weeks, but Tampa would already by better off making a move for him short term, but that team rarely makes big short term moves. Whether or not Boston woudld help either is another matter, although if they are running up the white flag on2013 it makes sense to steal from the future of either of these teams while trying to build their own.
TB would love the comp draft pick after Jacoby walks next winter. We'd probably have to pay part of his contract though.
The White Sox are probably another team that could use Ellsbury right now. The drawback with them is the poor minor league system all but devoid of anything anyone else wants.
Would you offer Jacoby plus one of Miller or Mortensen for 2 of these 3 CWS pitching prospects?
Erik Johnson, Scott Snodgrass, and Andre Rienzo
I have thought that the CWS might be interested in Salty, but I guess they have faith in Flowers.
I might do an Ellsbury for Floyd deal if we could extend him.