Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 16 Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury is one of the most dynamic players in MLB, and he has played his career in one of the largest baseball markets. For fans that like to watch great baseball players, having Ellsbury spend so much time with the Boston Red Sox has been fun because they play on national television constantly.
After a great career with the Red Sox, it looks like Ellsbury may be moving on in 2014. He is a free agent and he is going to make a lot of money.
In 2013, Ellsbury posted one of the best seasons of his career other than his uncharacteristically powerful 2011 season. In 2011, he hit for a .321/.376/.552 slash line with 32 home runs, 39 stolen bases and a 150 wRC+. That was the only season in which he reached double-digits in home runs. Last season, in 636 plate appearances, he hit for a .298/.355/.426 line with nine home runs, 52 stolen bases and a 113 wRC+.
Along with being a great offensive player with blazing speed, Ellsbury is also one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball. Last season, Ellsbury posted an impressive 12.9 UZR/150; he ranked fifth among center fielders. He also ranked sixth in baseball with a 10.0 UZR.
For a team looking for a lefty outfielder with great speed, the ability to hit for average and play outstanding defense in center field, Ellsbury would be the perfect fit. It is going to be tough to find many teams willing to pay the amount it will take to sign him, but there will be several interested teams. Every team in baseball could use a player of his caliber.