RedHopeful wrote:MashinSpuds wrote:Ellsbury likely gone (that's what I think ... why send off big contracts only to sign a new one with an annually banged up guy whose agent is Boras?), the team will look interesting next year. I look forward to it. Even if Papi is let go and Lackey is given a chance to do SP3/4 work, it'll be a great challenge to watch.
Just can't see this coming to fruition. Boston and their fans expect a winner (at least a legitimate competitor), not a 3 year rebuilding plan. They won't let Ellsbury walk.
And yet, they just sent away one of their best hitters, a veteran arm, and a pop/speed combo that might actually do something next year. A winner is not happening next year or the year after that, so Sox fans need to swallow that pill. If the ownership is going to make Sox fans believe they're 'turning over a new leaf', then spending max dollars for 5-6 years on Ellsbury would be hypocritical. Boras doesn't give discounts and Ellsbury probably doesn't have much love for the place, so I think it's more likely he is gone. I worry about who the lead off hitter will be, though it could be a rotation to see who sticks.