NEW YORK - FILE: Jacoby Ellsbury #46 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ball hit by Mark Teixeira (not pictured) of the New York Yankees in the third inning on September 26, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Ellsbury was named the American League 2011 Players Choice Awards Comeback Player of the Year on November 3, 2011. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
When asked the chances of the Boston Red Sox reaching a contract extension with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury before he hits free agency, a major league executive responded "zero," reports Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com:
Further, the team may have to investigate trading Jacoby Ellsbury for pitching. One major league executive, asked recently about the chances of the Sox getting Ellsbury to agree to a contract extension before he reaches free agency, replied without hesitation: "Zero.''
McAdam notes that even if the Red Sox are able to trade Ellsbury for a quality starter, "his departure will only create another opening in the batting order."
Ellsbury is making $8.05 million and has one year of arbitration remaining before becoming a free agent following the 2013 season.
After his monster 2011 campaign that garnered MVP consideration, he’s only mustered a clip of .273/.316/.382 with eighteen doubles and four home runs over 275 at-bats. He owns a career line of .297/.350/.444 over six seasons with the Red Sox.
Should the Red Sox extend Jacoby Ellsbury?