Boston, MA - According to Craig Forde of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox are not optimistic that they will be able to bring Jacoby Ellsbury back. While they have not given up hope just yet, they aren’t expecting a deal to get done after their last round of contract discussions with the talented outfielder.
Ellsbury is a fan favorite in Boston and fans would absolutely hate to see him leave, but it appears that they will have to begin preparing themselves for the worst. The Red Sox and Ellsbury appear to be far apart in contract negotiations and neither side seems willing to budge. There is a large market for him on the free agent market and he could get a much larger contract elsewhere.
There are a few teams who are already reported to have interest in signing Ellsbury. The New York Mets, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Mariners are all expected to make large bids to acquire his services, but the Red Sox could still find a way to convince him to return to Boston. Ellsbury still loves the city of Boston and the Red Sox organization, so depending on whether or not Boston is willing to give him a bit larger contract, they could convince him to stay in town.
It will be very interesting to see what happens in the Ellsbury sweepstakes, but it is not very likely that he winds up back in Boston. Red Sox fans will certainly miss Ellsbury, but there are quite a few options out there that Boston is already looking into to replace Ellsbury in the outfield.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.