Suffice to say that replacing Jacoby Ellsbury is virtually impossible.
Ellsbury, a free agent who fled Boston for the Yankees, inking a seven-year, $153 million deal, stole 52 bases, leading all of Major League Baseball. The Red Sox don’t have anyone with that type of base-running acumen, surely not Jackie Bradley Jr., who, for now, is Ellsbury’s replacement.
Bradley stole the show in spring training last season, and his extraordinary February and March were rewarded with a short-lived spot on the 25-man roster when David Ortiz had to start the season on the disabled list. Bradley made three trips to Boston and wound up hitting .189 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 95 at-bats in the big leagues . Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.