What should Sox do with Ellsbury?


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."

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.