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."
By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk
Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.
Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.
During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.
From the Area 21 Twitter page:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.