Originally Posted by Tom Servo
That's a fairly dire list in terms of available impact names, but there is talent there. I get that Ellsbury's ceiling is higher, but I would be surprised if he outproduced Choo for the rest of their careers.
For the Reds, I would look at Grant Balfour on a short term pact as closer and flip Chappy for a bat, though that is easier said than done.
You're right. Ellsbury's value heavily relies on his legs.
And when you get older, speed is one of the first things to go.
Besides, His career walk rate(6.9%) is just terrible as a leadoff hitter.