This year Mark Ellis has struggled mightily at home. He leads the league in foul outs well that's very understandable when you play home games in Oakland, with the expansive foul territory it's no wonder an A's player is leading the league in foul outs. Mark Ellis is a way better hitter then what his average is right now at .236. He does become a free agent at the end of the year and I think the pressure has been placed on him to perform.
The only way I see him leaving is if Arizona does not sign Orlando Hudson who's also a free agent at the end of the year. Arizona is where Mark Ellis calls home and it would put him closer to his family. Although, Ellis has stated he wants to stay with the A's and I don't blame him. He's not a spectacular player in the sense of a Orlando Hudson making those athletic plays, but Ellis knows how to position himself and he's solid defensively. It's something the A's need a leader with experience.
I do understand how some A's fans are wondering why should we resign him if we drafted Jemile Weeks and traded for Adrian Cardenas? Well the simple answer is that Cardenas is still only 20 years old and won't be 21 until October. So, Cardenas has a few years before he gets a chance at the big leagues unless he gets really hot and is moved to Double A. Jemile Weeks is 21 years old and has a ton of talent.
Jemile Weeks is not playing second base in the minors the A's have moved him to short stop. In a few years that will be the double play combination with Weeks and Cardenas, but right now it's going to be Ellis and Crosby for the next few years. Since, neither Cardenas and Weeks is remotely close to play in the Major Leagues it just makes sense for the A's to sign Ellis for a few more years and hopefully with he new contract it relaxes him so he can start hitting between .270 to .280 which is what kind of hitter he is.
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