As spring training begins all around Major League Baseball, there are players who have some uncertainty around them. I would say that one of those players in Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury has gotten hurt during two of the last three years and the Boston Red Sox need to make a decision on whether or not it is worth keeping an injury liability like Ellsbury on the roster. Ellsbury has the potential to be a standout for the Red Sox over the next five or six years but if he keeps getting hurt, that potential goes right out the window.
The last season Ellsbury was healthy in 2011, he had 732 at-bats with 32 home runs and 105 RBI but this is a very different Boston team that the last time he was healthy. There are players like Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli now around along with David Ortiz. Boston could easily move Ellsbury out of town or into left field. Victorino has played center field before very well and honestly would be the better option there.
Everyone knows that Ellsbury has talent and I’m sure every team around MLB would love to have Ellsbury on their roster. I wonder if Boston is going to want to trust in a player that keeps getting hurt though. It is a very slippery slope for the Red Sox and one that they are going to have a decision on this season. Ellsbury will be a free agent after the 2013 season so if Boston starts badly, Ellsbury is going to find himself on the trade block. The ball is now in Ellsbury’s court to stay healthy or find a new address.