The Red Sox would like to retain Jacoby Ellsbury, who is eligible to be a free agent at the end of this season, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
“Red Sox connected people are suggesting now that if Ellsbury’s market goes well into the nine-figure arena … they aren’t necessarily optimistic that Boston will be able to retain him,” reports Heyman.
Ellsbury, who turns 30 on September 11, is hitting .296 with a .354 OBP and .775 OPS, eight home runs and 51 RBI. He’s hit 30 doubles, eight triples, and has stolen 51 bases in 54 attempts this season.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Ellsbury is an ideal fit for the Mets outfield. He possesses all of the attributes the Mets need. He has struggled with both injury and inconsistency over the last few years, but he’ll likely play a full season in 2013. However, it will be only his second full season in the last four years. Still, he is an outstanding outfielder and has proven to be a top-of-the-order catalyst for Boston over the years, and he can hit for power at times as well.
Ellsbury will be seeking a “second-generation contract,” as Sandy Alderson refers to it, i.e., his first big free-agent deal after years of arbitration. And it’s difficult for me to envision this front office giving Ellsbury such a long-term contract, and potentially surrendering a draft pick on top of that. Also, given his age and how much he relies on his speed, his skills could significantly diminish during the length of his deal.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I actually don’t think Ellsbury is an option, for pretty much every reason Baron lays out. Instead, if the Mets are going to go the upper-tier free agent route, I think they’re far more likely to look at Shin-Soo Choo, whose game fits in with what Alderson often looks for. Also, though he will probably cost a draft pick as well, his overall deal will be less than what Boras negotiates for Ellsbury.
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A “Qualifying Offer” to pending free agents is now required for teams so to receive compensation in the first-year player draft the following June.
There are no more Type A and Type B free agents, per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The value of the qualified offer is based on the top 125 paid players.
Teams have until five days after the World Series to make qualifying offers and the players have seven days to accept such an offer.
Teams that sign players who received a qualifying offer will surrender their first round pick in the draft, unless it’s a protected pick (choices 1-10) – those teams will surrender their second round pick.
In addition, if a team makes a qualifying offer to a free agent, and that player departs for a new team, the player’s former team receives a supplemental round draft choice.
Only players who have been with their teams for the entire year are eligible for draft compensation.