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Report: Rangers, Red Sox discussed Ellsbury, Beckett deal

Aug 1, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury AP

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Rangers and Red Sox discussed a blockbuster trade that would have sent Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Kelly Shoppach to Texas for undisclosed players.

Two sources told Bradford of the talks, with one describing them as preliminary and another talking about them as more advanced before falling apart. If that’s true, the talks likely died before Monday night’s deal that sent Geovany Soto to Texas. The Rangers also acquired Ryan Dempster just before Tuesday’s deadline.

The Red Sox might not have needed much back in return for Beckett and Shoppach, but they would have wanted some top talent in exchange for Ellsbury, the 2011 AL MVP runner-up who won’t be a free agent until after next season. They may have even requested shortstop Jurickson Profar, who is regarded by many as the game’s top position prospect.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The two teams could explore a deal again in the offseason if Ellsbury doesn’t prove amenable to a contract extension with the Red Sox.

  1. spudatx - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    This would have been a disaster for everyone involved.

    • taxed00 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:41 AM

      How so? The trade would have been made if the Sox were completely in sellers mode, and the Rangers have the best farm in baseball. That’s pretty much a perfect match.

      Texas don’t seem to be leaning toward resigning Josh Hamilton this offseason, and the Sox will most likely struggle to resign Ellsbury due to luxury tax issues (and Scott Boras) so why not trade him while people still remember his MVP calibre season?

      The only issues I can see with it are that the Rangers’ top two prospects are position players (one of which is untouchable, one of which would be blocked by Middlebrooks) and the Sox farm needs pitchers, not sure what the trade package would have looked like.

  2. pisano - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Texas or any other team would jump at the chance to get Ellsbury, that guy when healthy is a game changer, but to have to take Beckett in a deal, well that’s where things change, with his contract, and with his clear decline in health (back problems) and performance, the Sox would be lucky if any team would take him.

  3. titknocker - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Ellsbury is gone this off season. No chance he signs long term in Boston. Will be interesting to see what kind of prospects he brings back in.

    • geoknows - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      If he’s gone this offseason, how is he going to bring in prospects? You think he’s clearing waivers and getting traded in August? Not a chance.

      • henryd3rd - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        One doesn’t have to clear waivers in the off season

  4. troy10 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Teams are permitted to make trades during the off season, and Ellsbury is signed through NEXT season. So, if he were traded this off season, then yes he could bring in a few prospects. No one said that he had to be traded in August.

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