Jacoby Ellsbury is going through a rough patch, but he still has plenty of talent and will likely receive a sizable contract in the near future. It’s just unclear which team(s) will offer that contract.
The Red Sox will have to decide whether or not Ellsbury fits into their long-term plans. They could ultimately decide to re-sign Ellsbury, but they haven’t yet engaged in talks with the outfielder’s agent, Scott Boras, regarding a possible contract extension, according to WEEI.com.
Ellsbury is slated to become a free agent after this season, and his free agency figures to be an interesting one. The 29-year-old is likely in line for a nice payday, but there has been plenty of debate about the type of player Ellsbury will be going forward. He had a huge 2011 season, finishing second in American League MVP voting, but he’s also battled injuries and periods of inconsistency throughout his career.
Many assume the Red Sox will move forward with Jackie Bradley Jr. as their center fielder after this season, but a lot could change over the next few months. Ellsbury is hitting .242 with one home run, 14 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 45 games this season.