Originally Posted by Spitball
Also, I would not be surprised to see the Red Sox hold onto Ellsbury until the trade deadline. Right now his trade value is down, and the Sox will want to show their fans they intend to be competitive.
This, I really think they're more likely to try to trade for other teams' 1 year left of fairly expensive contract types, unless they get an offer that's too good to pass up. The last thing they want to do is sign free agents to huge long term contracts, but there's a big gulf between their current payroll obligations and their expected budget.