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The Red Sox badly need Jacoby Ellsbury to play like he did in 2011.
After returning from a shoulder injury he suffered early in the season, Jacoby Ellsbury was never able to recapture the MVP-caliber form he showed in 2011.
Ellsbury had a career low in batting average (aside from the 18-game stint in 2010) and never found his groove in the batter’s box.
All the physical tools seem to be there, and this offseason may be the most important of Ellsbury’s career.
If he is going to want a big free-agent contract, he will need to show that 2011 wasn’t a fluke. In the end, the pressure will be on to perform in 2013, and that could be a good thing for the Red Sox.