The Boston Red Sox have made it clear that they want to ink outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a long-term deal. Unfortunately for the Sox, Ellsbury’s agent has said that kind of talk must wait for the offseason, and it may not come at all. I’ll give you two guesses who Ellsbury’s agent is, but you’re only going to need one…
Referring to his client, Scott Boras told the Boston Herald, “These things are offseason discussions. Whenever people ask me midseason about contracts, you have to make sure the players finishes the season. Only then is it the right point.”
Translation: Ellsbury’s value will be higher this offseason or when he’s finally eligible for free agency in a few years, talk to us then.
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has made Ellsbury a priority saying, “He’s somebody we’ve long believed in, we’ve long seen as a core young member of the organization that we would love to keep around.”
Yes you committed to and believed in him, cultivated his talent, carefully brought him along, gave him his shot and didn’t give up on him when he struggled…but Scott Boras needs another yacht, so you’re going to have to wait to talk about a contract.
Ellsbury is having another excellent year in Boston. He’s currently hitting .316 with 15 home runs, 54 RBI and 28 stolen bases. He’s had a great bounce-back season after missing all but 18 games of 2010 with rib injuries suffered in April that saw him bounce back and forth to the disabled list all season.
Ellsbury is under team control through the 2013 season, but the Red Sox clearly want to lock the 27-year-old up far beyond that. With Boras in charge of the negotiations, they may not get that chance for a while.