In response to hill55's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:Clearly Ellsbury was avaliable this offseason it's also clear that no team made Cherington an offer he couldn't refuse. Fact is that Ellsbury's injury history and his lackluster perfromance after returning from injury last season. Have had an ill effect on his market value both in terms of trade value and unless he shows himself healthy and returns to form this year it will also impact his market value as a free agent. He's know it, Boras Know's it, the Sox ownerships know's it, every GM in the game know's it, we the fan if we are honest with ourselves know it too. Trading Ells now would be selling low...if he starts the year out hot his value will then begin to rise, if he maintains it until July, the needle moves to white hot. Add an injury to a contender and or a team like Seattle struggling to score and you've got the making of a deal. Just saying...
The flip side is that Ben Cherington may have made multiple offers of Jacoby Ellsbury that other teams refused.
At the trade deadline I could see the Mariners trading away from their crowded outfield of Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, Mike Morse, Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay, Casper Wells and Carlos Peguero, who have already combined for 12 homeruns* in the rarified air of Spring Training in Arizona (six with an OPS of at least 1.000 in admittedly small samples). The M's have averaged 6.375 runs a game this spring, although that number will drop when the team returns to the heavy marine layer at Safeco Field (where Jacoby Ellsbury has posted a .233/.292/.333/.626 line in 66 career plate appearances).
* the entire Red Sox team has three homeruns this spring
You missed the entire gist of my post and as usual you turned it around in your devils advocate anti Red Sox slant. Ellsbury is a better player than any current posiiton player on the mariners and I know that's tough for you to handle. You are way to knowledgable to even try to present spring training stats as means to prove a point.
Fact the Mariners need to show that they're on the right track....if they struggle to score and are below .500 entering June and Ellsbury's playing at an All Star level...Jack will be on the phone with Ben. If Ellsbury's hitting .200 come June 1st then Ben will be on the phone, looking for a bat too.
End of the day, Whether they trade Ellsbury or not and or how we view his value or the proposition of his potential production For the coming year is merely fodder...The guys a good ball player, one that'struggled to stay healthy. Which hasp effected his value, with Borad as his representative he's unlikely tre agree to an extension...Thus at some point between now and June 1st we will all have our answer to the value of Ellsbury...If he stays healthy my guess is that he'll be a hot commodity at the deadline....if not he'll be next years Bourn....