Wednesday December 04, 2013 | 06:03 AM

No one was surprised that Jacoby Ellsbury left the Boston Red Sox for a big-money contract. That was been expected for well over a year.

The question has always been: Who was going to pay abundantly for Ellsbury, an exciting player who has had his share of injuries (through no faujlt of his own)?

Who, but the New York Yankees, which reportedly is signing Ellsbury for seven years and $153-million.

The New York Daily News headline was funny: "The Ellbsury Doughboy: Sorry Sox! Yanks grab Jacoby ..."

And as Daily New columnist Mike Lupica put it, the Yankees "don't just pay, they overpay."

So Ellsbury is now a Yankee. This is not like the Johnny Damon situation, when Boston really tried to re-sign the outfielder.

In Ellsbury's case, there was no way the Red Sox were going to come close to New York's offer (didn't Boston rejoice after getting rid of Carl Crawford, who had signed a 7-year, $142-million deal?).

Boston is being thrifty. It worked well enough for the 2013 season. The Red Sox reportedly made a two-year offer to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but he is headed to the Marlins, reportedly for three years and $21-million.

The Red Sox signed veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski for one year and $8.25-million.

I don't see shortstop Stephen Drew staying with Boston. And if someone offers first baseman Mike Napoli three years, he's probably gone, too.

Your potential 2014 Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Shane Victorino RF
David Ortiz DH
A.J. Pierzynski C
Daniel Nava/Jonny Gomes LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mike Carp/TBA 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

But it's early in the Hot Stove League. Ben Cherington will add parts. It just won't be with the splash that the Yankees will make. Cherington demonstrated last year that you don't need a big splash for a World Series title.


 

 

About this Blog

Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs on Clearing the Bases

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws on Holding Court


Subscribe to the
Holding Court RSS

Subscribe to the
Clearing the Bases RSS

Previous entries

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

More

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.