Originally Posted by Benihana
Ellsbury is the guy I want assuming Ludwick signs.
He will likely cost less in talent than Fowler as he is a FA after the season. Reds can collect high draft picks with a qualifying offer he is sure to reject, and plug Billy Hamilton in for the next five years.
If Ellsbury could be had for Leake, Stubbs, and a C-level prospect, pull the trigger Walt.
Second choice would probably be DeJesus for a one-year platoon with Stubbs.
I'm leery of Ellsbury. The thing he has going for him is he needs a big season to get himself a big contract. Marks against him are that he's injury-prone and he hasn't been a consistent producer at the plate. He's a real crapshoot.
I'd be hesitant to part with Leake for him. I subscribe to the notion that Leake's best years are in front of him and, given that he's been a solid pitcher to date, that's a guy I don't want to part with for a one-year fix. Make it Corcino instead and I warm up to the deal a whole lot more.