Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The early buzz from Boston is that Jacoby Ellsbury is going to seek a six- or seven-year deal, worth at least $100 million. However, most baseball insiders predict he’ll end up signing something closer to five years, for something shy of nine figures.
Last week, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports indicated Boston is not interested in giving Ellsbury, 30, a nine-figure contract. Nevertheless, Peter Gammons told WFAN on Tuesday that he expects Ellsbury will find his way back to Boston next season, since both sides have a mutual interest.
On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo is rumored to want at least four years and around $60 million, though I spoke to people that expect he’ll get slightly less (maybe in years, definitely in dollars).
The thing is, both players are represented by superagent Scott Boras, so who knows how this will play out or when and where these guys will sign. What’s worse, any team interested in one of these outfielders is likely going to have interest in the other…
The Mariners, Cubs, Blue Jays and possibly the Yankees, could all have interest in Ellsbury.
Ellsbury and Choo both rank among the top 10 outfielders in wins above replacement this season:
In addition to Ellsbury and Choo, other top first base and outfield free agents this winter will likely include: Hunter Pence, Nelson Cruz, Kendry Morales, Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson, Justin Morneau, Corey Hart, Nate McLouth, Michael Morse and James Loney.