Fan Feedback: Who could replace Ellsbury?

Fan Feedback: Who could replace Ellsbury?
November 5, 2013, 10:30 pm
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It's time for Fan Feedback with Jess Moran and Lou Merloni, where Lou answers questions asked during the show. Free agency is the topic of discussion this time.

First up, would the Sox give out a big deal to outfielder Shin-Soo Choo? Merloni doesn't think so.

"I don't see that happening, because maybe the money won't be as big, but one thing with Ellsbury is at least you know he can play in this market," Merloni said. "They'd be diving into a big deal with somebody they're not quite sure of."

Merloni says if the Sox are going to pay Choo, they should just pay extra for Ellsbury instead.

So maybe not Choo, but what about Carlos Beltran? Then the Sox could move Victorino to center field.

"I think you do everything you can to keep Vic in right," Merloni said. "Beltran, we've already seen him with the ribs, who knows what's going on. But he's not the same player. He can't really run. That's a big outfield. Huge downgrade defensively. I'd rather see Vic out in right field."

Lastly, Merloni throws out a couple free agent bats that could help the Sox if Ellsbury goes to another team in free agency.