Jacoby Ellsbury played for the Boston Red Sox for the last seven years. Yes, there were times that he was injured and those injuries took up a good chunk of his seasons. However, when he was healthy and on the field, he played extremely well. Boston is looking somewhat foolish at the moment for not trying to sign him.
I have talked quite a bit about Ellsbury in my articles. He is a very special player when he is healthy and he can definitely be classified as a game changer. Those kind of players aren’t that easy to replace and so far Boston has had no luck doing so. I still think, what is wrong with breaking the bank when you know what you are getting? You know the guy can play here, you know what kind of stats he is going to put up. Isn’t that worth the risk?
Instead Boston figured Daniel Nava could take over the leadoff spot. Well, Nava is hitting about .140 and recently got sent down to Pawtucket. Grady Sizemore could be somewhat of a replacement but he has been slumping lately and it really looks like he has lost a few steps in center field.
Ellsbury looks like he is going to be a thorn in Boston’s side for a long time to come and the thing that is frustrating is that it didn’t have to be that way. It would be one thing if Boston had made an offer and Ellsbury chose not to take it. Boston didn’t even make an offer. Think about that Red Sox Nation before you boo him again.
My gut feeling is that when Shane Victorino comes back, the lineup will be settled a bit and one can see Victorino and Pedroia being a pretty decent combination at the top of the order. However, Ellsbury won’t be replaced anytime soon.