Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies "Seem To Have Some Form Of Interest" In Jacoby Ellsbury

Despite his high price, the Phillies are reportedly interested in Jacoby Ellsbury. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Phillies appeared “leery” of giving out any more contracts of 20 plus million this off-season. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo seemed to contradict that report this morning in his Sunday baseball  off-season column.

5. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, free agent — For Ellsbury to re-sign with the Red Sox, he would have to be willing to accept a five-year deal that likely would not surpass $100 million. The Mariners, Rangers, Yankees, Tigers, Giants, and Phillies seem to have some form of interest, but whether they go into the 6-8 year range at $20 million plus per season remains to be seen.

I was on the record a couple weeks ago when CBS Sport’s Danny Knobler predicted that the Phillies would sign Ellsbury, that I didn’t think that he was a good fit for the Phillies.

I still think that I would rather have a guy like Ben Revere who hit .305 and stole 22 bases in just over half a season, and is still 25, than Ellsbury. Why? I think that while Ellsbury provides a bit more pop than Revere, his 2011 season where he hit 32 homeruns was an admiration. The real power output that you get from Ellsbury is something like eight or nine homeruns a year. Ellsbury is more of a basestealing threat than Revere, as he stole 52 bags last year, but Revere stole 40 bases two years ago in Minnesota in only 124 games, which makes you wonder if Revere can ultimately be an elite basestealer.

My point is simple, I don’t want a 20 million dollar-a-year player like Ellsbury, when we can have a poor man’s version of him in Revere, making less than 1 million next season. Especially when Ellsbury would bring another left-handed bat to the Phillies lineup and has shown to be injury prone in his career.


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