Jacoby Ellsbury rumors: 'Starting point' as free agent is 5 years, $75 million
The rumored "starting point" for Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury when he hits free agency this fall will be the five-year, $75 million deal that B.J. Upton signed with the Braves last winter, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday.
Ellsbury, 29, has not shown any sign of the power stroke that earned him runner-up in the 2011 AL MVP voting since returning from last year's serious shoulder injury, but he's still been a very productive player for the Red Sox. There's been some talk that Boston will be priced out of the Ellsbury sweepstakes this winter, but Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan -- also speaking to The Sports Hub -- believes the Sox will be a major player for his services.
The speedy center fielder is batting .296/.353/.420 with seven big flies, eight triples and a league-leading 47 stolen bases through 123 games this season. He also brings elite defense to the table, which is a nice plus.
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