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Even if the injury-prone Ellsbury could stay healthy in 2013, no one really knew what kind of player to expect. He was second in MVP voting in 2011 after he posted a .928 OPS with 32 homers. But when he was on the field last season, he wasn't very productive at all.
Outside of 2011, he had shown his value as a solid leadoff hitter who can get on base, steal bases and play strong defense in center field. But he wasn't a power hitter, by any stretch, which diminished the value of the contract he'd be able to land once he became a free agent.
While the 30-year-old has stayed healthy, aside from missing nearly three weeks in September with a foot injury, he hasn't shown to be the all-around star that he was a couple years ago. But he's pretty close, establishing himself as one of the top leadoff hitters in the game with a .355 on-base percentage, 52 stolen bases, 31 doubles, eight triples and nine homers during the regular season.
His value has only increased during the playoffs as he led the team with nine hits in 18 at-bats and four stolen bases in the four-game ALDS victory over the Rays. A $100 million asking price isn't out of the question now, which makes it scary to think how much he would've gotten had he hit 20 homers.