Originally Posted by Vottomatic
If he remains healthy, Ellsbury is a huge upgrade, and that's an understatement. Plus, he will be playing for a contract since it's his last year and then he turns a free agent after 2013. A good situation for the Reds to have a guy hungry to impress.
He might not be that huge an upgrade. He can be underwhelming, though still better than Stubbs when he is. I'm with you in liking that Ellsbury will be playing for a big, fat contract. I also like that the rumored deal minimizes the Reds' risk in case Ellsbury doesn't deliver as advertised.