Red Sox veteran looking for a new contract, new team
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 13:10
Talks of offseason drama has already started in Boston despite winning the World Series last night at Fenway Park.
Red Sox leadoff hitter and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury more than likely finished his career in Boston as a world champion, Buster Olney of ESPN reported. According to the write-up, Ellsbury has not been able to agree with management on a long-term deal.
SB Nation reported Boston management attempted to sign Ellsbury after a successful season in 2011. However, the team’s agent and Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, couldn’t close the gap between the $100 million offer and the $130 million asking price from Ellsbury.
In 2012 the Red Sox opened negotiations again but wasn’t able to close a deal.
The 30-year-old closed this season with a .298 batting average in the regular season with nine home runs and 53 RBI.
According to SB Nation, if Boston is unable sign a last minute contract, the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers are believed to make a strong case for the center fielder.