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Jacoby Ellsbury (free agency), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (free agency)
Not only is Ellsbury off the market, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, but he's signing with the rival New York Yankees for the next seven years with a vesting option for an eighth season.
The Boston Red Sox reaped the benefits of Ellsbury's unique skill set en route to two World Series titles. Although the consensus is that Jackie Bradley Jr. will excel in center field, it's doubtful that he'll perform at Ellsbury's extraordinary level.
The 30-year-old is aggressive and insanely efficient on the basepaths, plus there's still a sliver of hope that his 2011 power resurfaces (32 HR, .928 OPS).
At least Salty vanished to the NL East's cellar-dwelling Miami Marlins. No worries about him derailing Boston's championship runs in head-to-head competition.
As presently constituted, Boston has barely any chance of boasting the league's best lineup like it did last season.
A.J. Pierzynski (free agency), 2014 compensatory draft pick
Pierzynski has been freakishly durable throughout the past dozen years, but that's not necessarily predictive of what he'll do next summer. He's about to turn 37.
The wear and tear of squatting five days a week for so long is going to catch up to him eventually, either in the form of an injury or reduced production.
Regardless, even the 2013 Pierzynski wasn't quite on par with Saltalamacchia, much less as effective at the plate.
The Red Sox have a loaded farm system with enough promising assets to trade for pretty much any veteran in the league. Flipping a few of them for Matt Kemp, Chase Headley or somebody else of that caliber could completely alter our perception of their otherwise disappointing winter.
Ely is a national MLB Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a sportscaster for 90.5 WVUM in Miami. He wants to make sweet, social love with all of you on Twitter.