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Fake trade: Fielder to Boston for Ellsbury

Oct 20, 2009, 4:36 PM EDT

Red Sox acquire first baseman Prince Fielder from the Brewers for outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and RHP Michael Bowden.
Why it works for Boston: Since David Ortiz may be more of a No. 6 hitter going forward, the Red Sox could use a left-handed power presence in the third or fourth spot in the order. Unlike anyone available in free agency this winter, Fielder provides that in spades. He finished third in the majors in OPS, second in homers, tied for first in RBI and fourth in walks this season. Boston can also easily handle his $10.5 million salary, and the team may prefer the short-term commitment to him rather than going to five years to re-sign Jason Bay or six or seven to bring in Matt Holliday.
Why it works for Milwaukee: The Brewers would want a young ace as the primary return for Fielder, but Ellsbury, the major league leader in steals this season, would fit nicely. As is, the Brewers would have to spend about $20 million to bring back Fielder and free agent Mike Cameron next year. They could plug Mat Gamel and Ellsbury into those holes, and since both are making the minimum, use the savings to bring in a pair of quality veteran starters this winter. Plus, they’d get a legitimate rotation option in Bowden, who had a 3.13 ERA in 24 starts as a 22-year-old in Triple-A this year. He projects as more of a No. 4 starter in the AL, but he may be a legit No. 3 in the NL.
Why it won’t happen: Milwaukee would probably hold out for Clay Buchholz in a Fielder deal, and the Red Sox won’t want to trade their young starter after the way he came on in the second half of the year. The Brewers have the ability to hold on to Fielder at his relatively modest salary for one more year and would still be able to get plenty for him in trade next winter, when he’ll have one year to go before free agency. In the meantime, they can shop J.J. Hardy and see if he’ll being a decent starter.

  1. greenie meanie - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t think that Ellsbury fits into the model that is Milwaukee. They are not a running team and so most likely Ellsbury’s talent would go to waste. Ken Macha belives in the almighty Homerun rather than small ball.

  2. Dustin - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    That might be the most insane trade idea ever? Do you understand baseball at all? Hey NBC sports if you are hiring anyone, can I call dibs on your next baseball writer?

  3. Josh - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Hmm, don’t think I can see this happening. Fielder is a guy that has really exploded at the plate for the Brewers and taking his league leading 141 RBI’s & .299 average out of the lineup would be devastating for a lineup who relies on his bat on a daily basis. If a Fielder would ever happen, it’d have to be for a #1 starter like Halladay.

  4. TomSD - Oct 20, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    This looks like one of the trades made up in the comments of Next you should do an Adrian Gonzalez trade to the Red Sox!

  5. Mo Green - Oct 20, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Fielder and Hardy for Ellsbury, Lowrie and Kotchman???

  6. theprince - Oct 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    why not throw in papelbon

  7. hop - Oct 20, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    The brewers would have to be out of their mind to even consider this trade. Ellsbury is a bad leadoff guy, only a .355 on base % and hits for zero power and very little in the way of extra bases. There is lots of CF’s out there with those skills. And what has Bowden done other than get lit up to the tune of a 9.56 ERA? Prince is a top notch first baseman and thats all you want baston to give up in return? Who wrote this a redsuk fan? The brewers should be shot if they made this move

  8. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 21, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    This looks like one of the trades made up in the comments of Next you should do an Adrian Gonzalez trade to the Red Sox!

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Two guys who’s career WAR is the same as Fielder’s this year (6.7), yeah that’s an even trade. What’s next, Adrian Gonzalez for Nick Green and Manny Delcarmen?

  9. aceshigh - Oct 21, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    The Red Sox need some power, but it’s not worth trading Ellsbury away…Ellsbury has the potential to be one of the elite leadoff hitters in MLB.
    The guy is money in center field, faster than a fox, and is really starting to come into his own in hitting. He’s still young and has a lot of potential.
    This would be a mistake…and as others have mentioned, Fielder would require a lot more talent than that.

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