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 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.