" Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheenan joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show on Tuesday night, and said the Red Sox will be major players to keep Ellsbury when he hits the free agent market this winter.
Jon Heyman said on the Hub airwaves earlier Tuesday the starting point for Ellsbury will likely be the 5-years, $75-million deal B.J. Upton signed with the Braves last winter. Sheenan said all Ellsbury needs to do to get that offer is hold up a picture of Upton striking out this season (which he’s done 120 times in 330 at-bats this season), and the speedy center fielder will likely command more.
While Ellsbury may be lacking in the power department since clubbing 32 homers in 2011, Sheehan says he brings so much more to the field with his speed and defense "
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