Re: Is It Really Smart of the Sox to Low-Ball Ellsbury
posted at 11/6/2013 11:50 PM EST
In response to djcbuffum's comment:
In response to SoxFanInIL's comment:
It really is cute to see the childlike innocence of those who still think there is .000000001% chance that Ellsbury would even consider signing in Boston again, and think there isn't even less of a chance that he would offer some sort of "discount" (LOL) based on some unseen allegiance to the team or the city.
It's adorable, really. Like puppies on Christmas with little bows.
Of course he would come back to Boston...if the Sox offered him the biggest contract. Why wouldn't he?
Exactly right. The problem the Red Sox have isn't in how much they're willing to pay him. They've already made a generous (IMO) offer of $100M, and since that was a first offer I have to believe that they've got a few more bucks in their pockets to pay him if the situation presents itself.
The Red Sox have two other problems. The first is whether he wants to come back to Boston. IMO while he's probably not getting all giddy over it at the same time he will for the right money.
The second and bigger problem is how much someone else will pay him. $100M is a lot of money to pay for one position and a lot of teams can't do that. Of those who can, how many are going to pay enough more to lure him away from a championship team AND give up a draft pick.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if Ellsbury found out that his ceiling is $105-$110, and the Sox might match that. One feeling I'm not getting is that Ells is going to do what Papelbon did and just sign with someone else without seeing if there's a better offer coming from Boston.