Re: Is time to give Ellsbury a 4 year deal for 60M?
posted at 8/11/2013 7:52 AM EDT
In response to MadMc44's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
In response to patrickford's comment:
Which teams have the money to sign him and need a CF?
Given that Ellsbury is a proven player in Boston I hate to see this guy go.
I'd feel better about this if Bradley had impressed me more.
I bet other GMs love to sign guys that have shown they can play in Boston. It's like a promise a guy is iron plated.
I have asked this question many, many times with no replies. Dodgers looking to unload one of their 4 OF's under big contracts. Yankees love Gardner, and most likely bring back Grandy on a 1 year deal. They need to sign Cano and need pitching. I don't see them also giving Ells 100m. Cubs are still a few years away and Ells is too old for their plans. Angels already paying Hamilton, Pujols huge money, and will need to sign Trout.
I understand the theory "it only takes 1 team", and I also understand many teams would love to have Ells, but at $100m plus?
I truly believe the RS want him back, and he would love to come back. But the RS will hold firm on THEIR $$$ number, and not fold. they have JBJ in their back pocket. I am thinking Sox go 4/$60 with a 5 th year team option. Who goes beyond $75m for a 30 year old player on the wrong side of 30? BJ Up taught teams a huge lesson.
Kcarp---I agree in principal---teams have short mrmories. The Braves could trade BJ if they wanted Ells. The Angels with an OF of Trout, Ells and Hamilton would be set for the next 5-6 years.
The Dodgers could eat some of Ethier or Crawford and have Ells, Kemp and one of the forementioned CC or Ethier as the 3 rd OF'der. Yankees the same Grande, Ells and Gardner would be awesome--speed to burn.
All teams can rationalize a FA purchase. I keep coming back to base stealers --when the legs go???
I like the Sox chances with XBo in LF, JBJ in CF and ShaVic in RF for 2014.
I doubt that either of the teams in LA make a big play for Ellbury. Remember the Dodgers also have Puig too and trading both Eithier and Crawford in the same offseason to make room for Ell's would be a stretch. Because in the end the Dodgers will have to eat money on both deals. Which then would inflate the cost of aquiring Ells. The other dynamic at play is that both Kemp & Trout prefer playing CF, of the two I could see the Angels making a play for Ells. Neither have a real need though.
I can see the Yanks making a play for Ells. Then moving Granderson to right, with Ells in center and Gardener in left.