September 17, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) hits a 2-run home run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Deal For Ellsbury in The Works With Rangers?

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that a deal between the Red Sox and Rangers involving Jacoby Ellsbury for Rangers pitcher Derek Holland may be in the works. The rumor appeared on From the Rangers perspective the acquisition of Ellsbury would offset the near certain departure of Josh Hamilton.

While Holland may not be the top of the rotation stud that Boston needs he would provide some stability to a decimated pitching staff and would be the first step toward rebuilding the staff. In 2012 Holland was 12-7 with a 4.67 ERA and 145 strikeouts.

If a deal can’t be struck for Ellsbury over the winter Boston’s best move would be to have him play through his contract year, which likely would be strong since it’s his walk year, and let him go to the highest bidder since it’s highly unlikely that Boston would pay the reported $160 million, eight-year Matt Kemp style deal being floated by Ellsbury’s agent Scott Boras.

If Ellsbury is traded this winter the Sox could try to sign Torii Hunter to a one-year deal. Hunter found the fountain of youth in 2012 by hitting .313 with an .817 on-base plus slugging percentage for the Angels. Hunter could be used as the bridge to Sox minor league prospect Jackie Bradley, Jr., who may be ready for prime time in 2014. A rundown of Bradley’s vital stats, along with other Boston outfield prospects, can be found here.

A recently published BSI article on the possibility of Ellsbury and the Sox finding happiness with one another can be found here.

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  • Chris Hogan

    Do you have the Chicago Tribune Link that says this info? Just curious.

    • HooHaa

      Its just a Phil Rogers blurb and he’s an old Rangers fan so file it under wishful thinking by a beat writer

  • Aaron Somers

    There are a hundred reasons why this deal wouldn’t make sense for either side and why this rumor won’t come to fruition.

    • John Fahrer

      Makes sense for Texas: Trade a middle to back of the rotation arm for a left-handed bat who should thrive in that ballpark and if it’s just a one year cameo, they get draft pick compensation in return.

      Doesn’t make sense for the Sox however. None at all.

    • Stephen Peterson

      Although the Red Sox have done a lot of not very bright things lately.

  • John Fahrer

    If I’m Cherington, the only way I make this deal is if Texas throws in a top prospect or two or Andrus with Holland in this deal. If we deal Ellsbury, the return has to be the equivalent of two first round picks.