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Jacoby Ellsbury and Red Sox avoid arbitration for $9 million

Jan 18, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

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Jacoby Ellsbury will make $9 million in his final season before becoming a free agent, as the center fielder and the Red Sox avoided arbitration with a one-year contract.

Ellsbury was injured for more than half the season and hit just .271 with a .682 OPS when in the lineup, which represented a 250-point drop from his OPS in a breakout 2011 campaign.

However, he was paid $8.05 million last season and arbitration is designed to hand out raises with each added year of service time. With a strong 2013 he could be in line for a huge long-term deal as a 30-year-old free agent, but obviously there are plenty of reasons for the Red Sox to be wary of locking up Ellsbury before then.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    MLBTR calculated his award if he went to arbitration at $8.1MM so this would appear to be an overpay. If he can stay healthy he’s worth if if not he isn’t. But that’s the gamble every team takes with these awards. The only difference with Ellsbury is his track record isn’t that good at giving the Sox a full season.

    • Caught Looking - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Maybe Ellsbury can give them a full season if he avoids the freak injurys.

      It’s not like the collision with Beltre and having Brignac tumble down on his shoulder were of his doing, though one can argue he took longer to recover than perhaps expected.

  2. historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Really? Ellsbury’s more important than Dog Fister? I’m just gonna start trolling you now, G-man.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Oh, yeah, he was breaking it out in the post-season. Sox fans. smh

    • ltzep75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Correction: Doug* Fister.

      Unless, of course, you’re referring to Bobby Valentine, in which case, your description is quite appropriate.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        I’m never letting Craig forget that typo.

  3. yahmule - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Maybe the Sox won’t misdiagnose his next injury for months and then have nobody get his back when a fragile piece of porcelain like Kevin Youkilis insinuates he’s a malingering candyass in the media.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    this guys played so long now I can’t believe he’s still arbitration eligible…good for him now go get a big deal and become a yank lol Probally not

  5. cubsisles72 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Please have a GREAT year again and sign a LONG term deal with Boston!

  6. theskinsman - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Overpay…why according to uyf,ever player on the Boston roster is overpaid. The Yankees, on the other hand,have overpaid their roster since the dawn of time. Ells would get way more than 9 mil on the market. Look at what Fredo Stienbrenner paid for Youk and his numbers. 2013 will be the year NYY miss the playoffs ,as the geriatric pitching staff will show some age,and the 100ish home runs they discarded won’t be there to bail them out.

  7. ejannetta - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Ellsbury….this guy is always injured and spends about as much time on the DL as Carl Pavano.
    $9mil for a wimp….good luck with that Boston.

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