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Memo to Theo Epstein: Don't Trade Jacoby Ellsbury

BOSTON - OCTOBER 11:  Jacoby Ellsbury #46 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a Dustin Pedroia #15 double in the third inning of Game Three of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Fenway Park on October 11, 2009 in Boston,  Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2009

Theo Epstein, you're a fool if you trade away Jacoby Ellsbury, one of your homegrown—even if it's to bring in Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres.

Why in the world would you trade away a clutch defender who has 70 steals and is a leadoff hitter—something a Boston Red Sox team has never had?
There are other options, Theo. Even if it's parting with Clay Buchholz, which would also be a shame since the starting rotation on paper looks to be more deadly than even the reigning World Champions' (dare I say it) New York Yankees.
Tim Wakefield will be iffy in 2010, without question, so why ship away a reliable arm?
The signings of John Lackey and Mike Cameron make it easier to trade both Buchholz and Ellsbury, however, who is going to play leftfield and who'll lead off?
Yes, I know, it'll be for Gonzalez, the 27-year-old who hit 40 home runs, drove in 99 runs, and walked 119 times, but you can't have enough pitching—unless Boston might be willing to risk it and sign Chien-Ming Wang, who left the Yankees on not-so-good terms.
Just in case you've forgotten, Wang was the Yankees' No. 1 starter and won 19 games in 2006 and 2007.
Marco Scutaro can't lead off and he certainly won't steal 70 bags. 
Move Ellsbury to leftfield if you have to because, whether you like it or not, Jason Bay is not coming back. It's quite a shame really, but what are you going to do?
The Sox would be deadly if they acquired Gonzalez, and the move makes sense, but throw in Max Ramirez instead of Ellsbury. But there are other options; this isn't Nomar Garciaparra.

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