In response to fenwaymike33's comment:
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Zero chance he stays with the Red Sox, even for this managment group. He's not a value or a fit. His best years are in the past, which is quite common for this kind of profile.
The Red Sox have a near zero cost CF'er for years to come. Total incompetence to spend over 10 million a year for 3 centerfielders. Shane's value is in CF, not RF.
Shane and Ellsbury, round 2, for about 30 million a year. Not a good plan;)
I knew it was going to be hard on Red Sox fans to let it go with Ellsbury. And that's exactly why he's still here on the books. The notion that "we couldn't get anything in a trade worth making the trade" is pure lip service to pacify a large majority of the fans.
Today showed exactly what happens when Ellsbury is forced to put the ball in play, instead of increase his 1 HR total through the first 2 months of the season.
His highest value is in the NL, and if the Red Sox offered him anything more than a 1 year contract they would simply double down on moves like S. Drew and Crawbust.
Big FA contracts are a huge mistake, with the exception of true young superstars profiles who fit the current roster construction in place. It's no surprise that his agent has called him "a franchise player", in an attempt to create a larger market that includes the Red Sox.
This management has the massive payrolls that don't win playoff games because they keep making the same mistake, over and over. Signing FA castoff bums to make up for their incompetent mistakes caused by failure to antificpate and take advantage of the trade market.
True, but the Sox will give him a qualifying offer in order to receive the draft pick. If Ellsbury and Boras decide that his best option is to take it and enter free agency again next year then the Sox are stuck. I dont think the Sox want him back either but there will be a gamble involved. Best case scenario is he has a great second half and looks like the 2011 Ellsbury. Then he will have more options and the Sox can get the draft pick and let him walk. It should be interesting
Very well put. This is exactly the way I feel but didn't articulate it.