MLB Rumors: Should The Boston Red Sox Trade Jacoby Ellsbury?

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Red Sox seem to be in a rebuilding stage after recording the most losses the franchise has seen since 1997. The team got rid of a lot of salary to make them players in the off-season, but is there one more move that the team should make?

The Red Sox are without good pitching aside from Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz and neither of them could even carry the rotation by himself. The Red Sox have a good outfielder in Jacoby Ellsbury that the team could move for rotation help. A possible trade to the Texas Rangers could land Derek Holland. Holland was 12-7 with a 4.67 ERA and 145 strikeouts.

There will be a lot of contract talk between the Red Sox and David Ortiz that will take up most of the headlines in the national media. However, Ellsbury is only on a one-year deal with Boston and will probably be expecting to re-sign with the club for the 2013 season and beyond. If no deal is imminent, it could very well damage the relationship between him and the organization.

The franchise has a lot to accomplish this season. Find a manager, re-sign its veterans and find free agents to fill the necessary holes within the club.

In 2012, Ellsbury batted .271/.313/.330 with four home runs and 26 RBI. Ellsbury spent most of the season on the disabled list with shoulder subluxation in April. He did not return until the middle of July. It will be interesting if Ellsbury does get traded and how the Boston faithful will respond.

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