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Red Sox “currently disinclined to trade” Jacoby Ellsbury

Nov 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jacoby Ellsbury figures to make around $8 million in his final season of arbitration eligibility and will hit the open market as a free agent next offseason, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Red Sox are “currently disinclined to trade Ellsbury with value down.”

Ellsbury was runner-up in the 2011 MVP voting, but played just 73 games this year and hit .274 with a .682 OPS that was 246 points below his 2011 mark.

Certainly if Ellsbury has a strong, healthy first half his trade value, even for just a few months, should be higher than it is right now, but it’s also possible that a poor, unhealthy first half could cause whatever current trade value he has to diminish further.

Either way, it should be a very interesting next 12 months for Ellsbury. If he’d been a free agent after 2011 it’s tough to imagine him not getting well over $100 million, but now he’s a huge question mark at age 29.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Seems like the Red Sox are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to Ellsbury. If he has a good 2013 it’s probably unlikely they will be able to re-sign him with Boras as his agent and the money and years he will be looking for. If they trade him at the 2013 trade deadline the fact that whichever teams might be interested in him won’t get a draft pick if he walks on them at the end of the 2013 season could limit what they might give the Sox in exchange. On the surface it would appear the best option for the Red Sox is to trade him this winter and at least get a couple of decent prospects for him now. It’s probably pretty unlikely that the Red Sox will make the postseason in 2013 so why not get what they can now.

    • garylanglais - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Ellsbury to Nationals for Michael Morse and an SP prospect (Meyer, Giolito, Purke).

      Both Morse and Ellsbury are FAs after the ’13 season. Morse will make $6.75m this season and Ellsbury should be between $8-9m. Nationals have been on the look for a premier CF for a couple years now and seem to have as good of a relationship with Boras as any MLB team which, in theory, helps with Ellsbury contract. The Nats have Strasburg, Gio and Zimmermann locked up for the near future making one of those high-end arms expendable.

      The Nats may take Meyer off the table. A trade involving Giolito could not happen until January 13th (Giolito signed this past July 13th and cannot be traded for a full year after that. A PTBNL trade must be completed within 6 months).

  2. willclarkgameface - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    The fact of the matter is this: Pink Hats think Jacoby is “wicked sexy”. So, Lucchino keeps him around. He knows the gate next year won’t be much of a draw with the team they are currently going to put on the field. Ortiz will help and that damn (fake) sellout streak has to keep going.

    This one is for you Pink Hats of New England.

  3. riverace19 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I would sign him right now to an extension; something like 4 years 55 million that’s a bargain for his glove and occasional hot bat

    • uyf1950 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      riverace19, do you honestly believe that Scott Boras is going to let Ellsbury settle for a 4 year $55MM deal?

  4. xpensivewinos - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    What the team looks like on November 7th is dramatically different from what the team is going to look like on opening day.

    What they’re going to “put out on the field” is still very much tbd……..

  5. ajsjr40 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Time to trade Jacoby and get what you can. If he has a big year Boras will want more than he will be worth. If he doesn’t have a big year why keep him. The desire to satisfy the pink hats has messed up the franchise, its now time to satisfy the hard hats.

  6. robmar924 - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    trade him and bring up Jackie Bradley Jr!

  7. startedin67 - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request..”

  8. airedale1950 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Does Ellsbury or anyone on the Red Sox ( or Boston for that matter) even know what “disinclined” means?

    • teaspoon1731 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Yes Boston (home of Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Northeastern, etc etc) is wicked stupid.

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