→ Evaluating whether Jacoby Ellsbury is a Franchise Player

If Ellsbury indeed a franchise player, the Red Sox might be able to land the frontline starting pitcher popular opinion has suggested they should seek for Ellsbury — maybe from the San Francisco Giants or the Washington Nationals.

If Ellsbury is Ludwick or Quentin, however, there’s little reason for the Giants or Nationals (or any other team) to be willing to surrender anything of value for him.

It is going to be weird if / when Ellsbury gets traded. I hope that (1) he re-signs with the and (2) he returns to the almost-MVP form of a couple years ago.