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.