The Red Sox may be willing to offer pending free-agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury a five- or six-year contract this winter, according to Boston columnist Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
However, according to Cafardo, the Tigers, Mets, Rangers and Mariners, among others, could also be interested in Ellsbury, who are increasing demand for his services given his strong post-season performance.
Ellsbury is 16-for-40 with three doubles, a triple and five RBI in 10 during the playoffs.
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 (it will be only his second full season in the last four years), but he hasn’t missed a beat in 2013 and, as Cafardo said, Ellsbury is having a every good October. 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. Given what this front office has repeatedly said about these kinds of deals over the last few years, it’s difficult for me to envision this front office giving Ellsbury such a contract. 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 WriterI 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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