Re: Clubhouse Problems with Ellsbury and the OF? I think so
posted at 4/20/2011 8:39 PM EDT
In Response to Clubhouse Problems with Ellsbury and the OF? I think so
[QUOTE]Tito needs to be decisive in how he is going to manage the lefty overloaded OF and define roles pretty soon. It's early, but any doubt needs to be settled pretty soon. I think Ellsbury, Cameron is a "pro's pro", is a clubhouse problem that has carried over from last year. I think he and his agent are not following management approaches to on the field and off the field issues. Long term, both sides could benefit from a divorce. Crawford has obviously replaced Ellsbury's role and the budget on the big paid future OF'er profile, so I think both sides can see the writing on the wall. Now isn't the time, but I'll be surprised if Ellsbury is around past next winter, and will not be suprised if he's gone this summer. Drew's contract ending is a separate issue, which many have mistakenly lumped into OF slots that have to be filled and thus Ellsbury won't be going anywhere next year. Cameron should have been written off and traded if the 2011 plan was Ellsbury. Cameron is almost aged out but he's a great clubhouse guy and still a very good defender who can hit LH pitching fair to midland if he plays more. The Red Sox are loaded with young lefty slap hitting OF'ers, something will give before too much longer. If Lowrie could hit strongly against RHP they could convert him into a corner OF'er, though his athletic limitations make that a question mark. The team will score with what's in place, so a panic button isn't required. But in the clubhouse, by the summer, good time to plan out the departure trade framework for Ellsbury. If it doesn't line up this summer, it will be a framework to follow through on this winter. Tito is good at hiding clubhouse problems. But his last comments revealed a clear schism between management approach and Ellsbury/Boras approach.
Posted by BaseballGM[/QUOTE]
To what 'clubhouse problems' are you referring? Specifically??
Sorry! BUT it's clear you're pulling that out of your @$$!
IT'S CLEAR both sides want to move on from last year w/ Els. I think the front office realizes THEY made a mistake in NOT giving Els. the med. tests he CLEARLY NEEDED. As it was, he was rushed back into the lineup, & RE-injured the EXISTING injured ribs. Were you not paying attention. For his part, Els prob. feels badly about not re-joining the team on the road. It was a BAD situation, which was precipitated by POOR front office decisions to NOT have him properly tested, & sending him out hurt. YES! We NEEDED guys to play, but that decision was CLEARLY stupid.
As for existing problems???? You clearly don't know what you're talking about!
TAKE A REST GM...... you're out of your league!