Re: Why is everyone so quick to dismiss Ellsbury?
posted at 11/4/2012 2:40 PM EST
The reason I would give are multiple: not a to z multiple.
1. His Arb # will come in close to $9 M.
2. Projecting moves BenC may make--this will be the"Bridge Year" so why keep Ells when we can get the NL batting Champ, for one season, and if JBJ is ready, trade Melky to someone that could use him. We'd probably pay a more for 1 year of Melky with reachable incentives.
3. The killer "B's" are on the horizon--they need to know they have a chance to "Please Come to Boston In the Springtime"--so if we can get a 3,4, or 5 starter for Ells or a can't miss top prospect in return go for it.
4. Ells is not a superstar--he was in 2011 and he may be again--it won't be in Boston.
All fair points. For those who think that 2013 will be a rebuildng year, trading Ells makes sense. If the Red Sox are going to contend next year, however, Ells is a player that can help the Sox get there. That being the case, I am not as willing to trade him this offseason as others are, especially since we already have holes/question marks at our other OF positions.
I'm not saying that he will match his 2011 season, but if he can stay healthy, he should be a very solid player, offensively and defensively. The fact that he will be playing for his first potentially big contract can't hurt.
Unless someone offers up a great deal for him, I'd rather keep him, take a shot at contending for a playoff spot, then take the draft pick when he leaves.