What should Sox do with Ellsbury?

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What should Sox do with Ellsbury?

One of the more intriguing story lines for the Red Sox this offseason is what they do with Jacoby Ellsbury.

He's set to become a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and unless he has another injury-stricken season, should make a hefty amount of money.

The Sox don't seem like they're in the market to re-sign him -- at least not at the moment.

Lou Merloni and Bob Neumeier take their first caller of the night, who wants answers on the Ellsbury situation.

Here's a small part of what Merloni said:

"When it comes to Jacoby Ellsbury, I think the Red Sox play this thing out next year. I don't see them signing him really. I mean, if he plays to the level that he played at two years ago, he's going to be looking at Scott Boras for a 750 million dollar deal."

It's tough to gauge what he's worth on the trade market because of the up-and-down nature of his career, but Merloni says the Sox should at least test the market.

"I think that they investigate, kind of throw this name out there and see what they can get back for Jacoby Ellsbury, I'm not so sure they're going to like what they hear, and I think they're going to hold onto him. But if somebody blows you away for a young arm, you do it."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.