In response to hill55's comment:
In response to notin's comment:All it takes is the right injury to re-open the market for Ellsbury.
Or the wrong injury to Jacoby Ellsbury to close the market.
Seriously? Are you going with that? As if it is unique to Ellsbury? Name one player who gets injured and it opens the market. Didn't the injury to Aaron Boone open the market for A-Rod just a little bit more?
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?
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.
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.
However, as the AL East is pretty wide open with no true dominant team, Boston is much more likely to hold on to Ellsbury and see how the season unfolds...