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Towards the end of the regular season, Sean McAdam of CSN New England quoted an unnamed American League executive who said that the Red Sox had "no chance" to work out a contract extension with the 29-year-old center fielder.
ESPN's Buster Olney intimated the same thing, telling the Mut and Merloni Show on WEEI 850 AM that the price tag on Ellsbury's next contract is going to be "astronomical" — something that makes sense when you consider who he is represented by.
Scott Boras told the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman that while Ellsbury is open to working out an extension, the super-agent made it clear that Ellsbury will not come cheap:
The only thing I can say about Jacoby is that there are few players like him. He is a proven successful player in Boston and in the American League East environment, and he plays a premium position at Gold Glove levels. He is a franchise player.
A spate of injuries over the past few seasons — injuries that lean towards the freakish end of the spectrum, but injuries nonetheless — as well as the fact that he's represented by Boras could both work against the Red Sox in their attempt to receive fair-market value for Ellsbury.
Injuries and impending free agency aside, there is interest in Ellsbury around the league. While Ellsbury is only signed through the 2013 season, Boston is in the process of re-building. Moving their 29-year-old center fielder for another piece could be the best thing for both parties.