5. Is Jacoby Ellsbury front and center?
By all accounts, Ellsbury is still the center fielder and leadoff man of the future. At the same time, it's a bad sign when your starter essentially does not play in the final five games of the ALCS. As it turned out, Coco Crisp saved their bacon by outplaying Ellsbury over the final two months. Thanks to Crisp's play, the Red Sox have some strength from which to deal here. Crisp's value currently may be higher than at any other point in his Sox career and Ellsbury still has great promise. It could be that the Sox view Crisp as nothing more than a fourth outfielder, but they may be able to get something of value for him particularly if it addresses one of the next four questions.
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