Don't look for new deal for Ellsbury

Don't look for new deal for Ellsbury
July 24, 2013, 7:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was taken by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 draft. Jacoby Ellsbury was selected in the first round a year later, the 23rd overall pick.
 
Pedroia, who turns 30 on Aug. 17, made his big league debut on Aug. 22, 2006.  Ellsbury, who turns 30 on Sept. 11, debuted on June 30, 2007.
 
Now, Pedroia, with a new eight-year extension that will take him through the 2021 season when he is 38, is likely to end his career in a Red Sox uniform.  Ellsbury, conversely, is due to enter free agency after the season.
 
Don’t expect a similar deal for Ellsbury before then.
 
Sox principal owner John Henry does not foresee an extension for Ellsbury being brought to fruition before the center fielder enters the free agent market.
 
“Well, Scott [Boras, Ellsbury’s agent] has a track record of taking his players to free agency,” Henry said. “So I’m not confident. [But,] It would be great if we could.”

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