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Could Ellsbury's agent slide him right out of town?
In dupi...er, convincing the Dodgers to pick up nearly all of the salary owed to the four players that Boston sent west over the weekend, Boston freed up a ton of cash for them to re-sign their own players, sign free agents and take on salary in trades.
When it comes to re-signing Jacoby Ellsbury, there are a few things to take into consideration.
First, does Ellsbury actually want to play in Boston?
There are generally two points of view on the subject.
One side says that he cannot wait to get out of Boston—that between the market itself and his disgust with the misdiagnosis of his five broken ribs two years ago, Ellsbury has had his fill of Beantown.
The other side—and per the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, this side includes those infamous "unnamed team sources"—Ellsbury loves Boston, he loves playing for Bobby Valentine, and his preference is to work out an extension with the team.
Of course, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
But does what Ellsbury wants really matter?
He's represented by Scott Boras, and while Boston and Boras have worked together many times before, we can be sure of one thing—virtually none of his clients sign extensions before they hit the open market.
Boras is the master of leveraging teams against each other, even when the reality of the situation is that there's only one team involved.
So while Boston will have the available resources to match any offer, no matter how ridiculous it may be—would they?
We talked about Ellsbury's injury history before, and the fact that players like Jackie Bradley are working their way through Boston's farm system.
It's no sure thing that the Red Sox would look to re-sign Ellsbury should the money get out-of-hand—and it's far better for them to strike while the iron is hot rather than hope that a potential compensatory draft pick works out years down the road.