Anybody but Ellsbury

The Boston Red Sox have seized the momentum in the great Yankees/Red Sox feud with another World Series victory. Let’s hope that they don’t let up. They have a great opportunity to upgrade their already potent pitching staff and drive a stake into the heart of the Evil Empire by finally beating out the Yankees for the best player available. I don’t care if they knock New York off the top of the high-salary mountain; everyone knows that Boston is loaded with cash after their second World Series victory in four years. If I were Theo Epstein, I’d have the Minnesota Twins on speed dial and start giving up players until they agree to give up Johan Santana.

With the exception of course of Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ellsbury has already proven that he belongs in the Majors. He plays the game like a seasoned veteran and should be a lock for the American League Rookie of the Year in 2008. We had the opportunity to see all aspects of Jacoby Ellsbury’s game last season: his speed, great defense, surprisingly potent bat, and most importantly his heart.

In professional baseball, it’s obvious when someone can play. This evaluation is a lot easier with a position player than it is with a pitching prospect, which is more like playing the stock market, where no one is guaranteed to perform. There have been countless “can’t miss” pitchers picked in the first round of the draft that have flamed out faster than you can say “Todd Van Poppel.” Does anyone know which Baskin Robbins former #1 pick Brien Taylor is working at these days? With young pitchers it is never a sure thing.

With that being said, I would give up Lester, Buchholz, Lowrie, Crisp and whichever Minor League pitcher they want. I would make them an offer they can’t refuse. With Josh Beckett, Johan Santana, and Dice K locked into the starting rotation for the next several years, Boston has the opportunity to become a legitimate dynasty and have time to restock their farm system.

The funny thing is, I would prefer it if the Red Sox made a deal for the Oakland A’s Dan Haren instead. I think he is just a notch below Santana in talent but would still fit in well in the Boston rotation. Haren wouldn’t cost as much in terms of salary and prospects as Johan but would still be considered another legitimate staff ace.

But knowing how bad the Yankees want and need Santana makes me want the Sox to push even harder for him, because no matter how many times I see the Yankees lose, it never gets old. Even if it’s just a player they’re playing for.

3 Responses to “Anybody but Ellsbury”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    nice info.. in the past Boston has given away great players to get a pitcher and in most cases we got screwed.. whats Larry Anderson mean to you?? I like Daves suggestion..Danny Haren of the A S.. NOT A POWER PITCH BUT HAS ,GREAT CONTROL AND HAD ONE OF THE BEST ERAS IN 2007.. WAS 10 and 2 .. perfect fit.. a worker. I would let the yankees have Santana.. they would give up alot of prospects and in the future it would hurt them…ALSO IS MR.Santana ready for big time pressurer??? the owner ship and new manager would be a load….FOR ANYONE..33

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I think they should trade for Bedard, the brains in Baltimore would probally let him go for a carton of smokes a and a single A 1st baseman!

  3. Dave Says:

    You both make some great points. It would amazing if Boston added any of the big 3 available..Santana, Haren and Bedard. Any one of these guys is a difference maker. The Sox should make every opportunity to land one of these guys. If I had to rate these 3 in order of who I would want the Sox to get, it would be Haren, Santana, and Bedard. But I would be ecstatic with the addition of any one of them.
    Thanks for commenting.

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