… Jacoby Ellsbury.
by Paul SF on January 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm in
General Red Sox · 9 comments
Anyone who remembers watching Ellsbury play left in 2008 has to be very excited about the outfield defense next season. It just remains to be seen whether the strides he made at the plate after being demoted from the leadoff spot on May 31 last year are for real.
Ellsbury from May 31 on: .303/.366/.438
League-average left fielders: .267/.338/.442
Paul SF January 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Wait, whom do I compare Ellsbury to, Jason Bay? And do I compare Mike Cameron to Ellsbury now, or Cameron to Bay? And what about those road splits? What the f*ck!?!?!
SF January 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm
To me, this is the first step in making sure that Jacoby’s work load is limited, and that he appears to be a better defender than he is. While he is great, why would Boston stunt his growth as a CFer by moving him to the wall at this point in his career, when he’s just coming into his own at the position other than to protect him for a move?
You can say that they’re putting Jacoby there because Cameron is better, or has a better arm, or whatever, but IMO, this is a precursor to a move that hasn’t been made, and Boston doesn’t want Cameron to make that move midway into the season.
Brad January 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Why would you move a guy who could be your CF’r for the next 10 years for a guy signed to a 2 year deal and that is 37? I don’t really get it, but in the grand scheme of things CF, LF, potato, patato.
John - YF January 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Because they know they’re going to move him!
Brad January 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm
Speaking of trades…Looks like Kotchman is headed to Seattle.
John - YF January 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm
That’s prob the best thing for him. His PT was going to be very, very limited for sure.
Brad January 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Yeah, this works to Varitek’s advantage as well. Now V-Mart is officially the back up 1Bman correct?
John - YF January 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm
I would think so.
Brad January 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm
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