Originally Posted by JB98
It would be a huge mistake to sign Ellsbury. Huge mistake. I'm loathe to give a long-term deal to a player who is approaching 30 and makes a living with his speed. He'll be good for a couple more years, then his body will break down. The Sox shouldn't even consider him, and I don't think they will.
Agreed. De Aza has a career slash line of .279/.340/.417 and Ellsbury .297/.351/.440. Ellsbury gives you better defense and a lot more SBs, but is likely to command a lengthy contract of maybe $15 million/year, and you're paying for his declining years in his 30s. While De Aza is the same age, in his 2nd year of arbitration he'll probably get a little less than $3 million. I do not think signing Ellsbury would necessarily be prudent.