Here is a series of comments about Jacoby, mostly centered around the Santana Trade
Jacoby is a guy you need to hang on to. He is Ichiro-like in ability. - paraphrasing Larry Johnson, host on WEEI
Ichiro-like, except for the superb defense, above-average arm, record-breaking seasons and incredible contact rate. Nothing like comparing a 2-tool player to one of the best all-around players in baseball.
It could also be true that the Twins would rather have Lester and Ellsbury. They'd get both a projected, front of the line starter and a dynamic leadoff hitter. Ellsbury's abilities are the type that you build organizations around, [Melky] Cabrera's... not so much. - Red Sox LJ message board
Exactly how many teams have built an organization around a light hitting leadoff guy? Now, how many American League teams? Assuming the answer is zero, why would the Red Sox. If a team is dumb enough to make this kid their cornerstone then lets trade him to them and get back real, power hitting cornerstones(especially if they are in our division).
I'm against any deal that involves Ellsbury. The short-term gain isn't worth it. Dealing Ellsbury would be equivalent to trading Fred Lynn or Jeff Bagwell again. - Another blog commenter
Or Hanley Ramirez... oh yeah. That deal netted us one of the best pitchers in baseball and a World Series MVP. Lets not bring that up because we like Lowell's oddly graying beard just as much as we like Ellsbury's Hall of Fame caliber charisma.
I wouldn't have a problem with dealing a pitching prospect, even one as dominating as Buchholz because the return would immediately fill that hole and then some. But Ellsbury can not be replaced. No one the Red Sox acquire would be likely to get on base as much as him, steal as many bases once he gets on, and be as clutch with runners in scoring position.
Apparently everyone in Boston is clutch, regardless of how many at bats they didn't have. Coco Crisp looked pretty clutch making that game ending catch against Cleveland, and was a pretty good base stealer too during the season (28 SB, 6 CS). He is a better defender, has equal arm strength, and has proven he can be mediocre at the Major League level. I can't argue that Coco will get on base more, but I know for damn sure that Jacoby can't pitch 200+ quality innings, so if I have to choose between an overrated speedster or one of baseball's top pitching prospects, I think I'll go with Clay.
I'll have more and things irk me. Don't get me wrong. I like Ellsbury. I think he'll be a good ball player. He just won't be the player people are fantasizing about.