Originally Posted by DSpivack
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 a little less than $3 million. I do not think signing Ellsbury would necessarily be prudent.
Elsbury is miles better than De Aza, but I am in no rush to hand over a wheel barrel full of cash to him either.
If it were up to me I'd be handing one and two year deals only this off season.