Heyman: Sox interested in re-signing Ellsbury

Heyman: Sox interested in re-signing Ellsbury
August 27, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be a free agent on the baseball market at season's end and could leave the only professional baseball home he has ever known.

But, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the odds are significant that the 29-year-old will stay in Boston for years to come.

Heyman expressed this sentiment on the radio show "Gresh and Zo" on Tuesday, offering that the Red Sox are, at the very least, highly interested in sending a large amount of new money the centerfielder's way.

"I think they do [offer him], you know, they've guarded against those $100 million type contracts since the Crawford deal and to a lesser degree the Adrian Gonzalez deal didn't work out. But I think they are interested," Heyman said. "Obviously [Jackie] Bradley is a backup possibility but he's unproven as a Major League center fielder, we're talking about a leadoff hitter that's very good, so I know there's been a little bit of up and down stuff with Ellsbury over his Red Sox career, but my indication is that they would like to get him back, yes."

This is hardly a guarantee Ellsbury will be in a Red Sox uniform for 2014 and beyond, but it's at least a good sign for fans fretting about losing such a reliable bat in the leadoff spot of the order.