Jacoby Ellsbury Rumors
The Boston Redsox have made it abundantly clear that they will not bring back Ellsbury next season. Ellsbury actually has Pacific Northwest roots so it would make sense that he would pursue a team like the Mariners. Born in Madras Oregon and a graduate from Oregon State University, Ellsbury has played seven solid seasons with the Redsox since they drafted him from the amateur draft in 2005. Arguably, his best season was in 2011 where he batted .321, swatted 32 home runs, drove in 105 RBI’s and stole 39 bases.
Rumor on the block has it that the Mariners will sign Ellsbury for six or seven years for $21 million a season. I believe the Mariners have the money to bring him aboard. The question is; will it be worth it. Is Ellsbury the type of player they can build a solid foundation around in those six to seven years? Will be stay injury-free and be a productive member on the roster? Those things are, of course, uncertain because it’s baseball.
My concern about Ellsbury is simply this: he’s about to turn 30 and has hit just .262 with a .673 OPS in 120 games since last season.
Jackie Bradley Jr is poised to be Ellsbury’s replacement in the OF and is far more advanced and plays center field with a degree of intelligence that is hard to match. That gives a lot of negotiation power for the Redsox.