Could Jacoby Ellsbury be headed for Seattle?

Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) singles during the seventh inning of game four of the American League divisional series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In the midst of a run toward the World Series, Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s name is in the news, as the free agent-to-be came up in conversation from one of the game’s leading reporters on Thursday.

The Tweet above comes from the Dennis and Callahan Show (from Boston’s WEEI), as Rosenthal uttered this speculation on Ellsbury into the ether during a live, on-air interview. Frankly, the money range discussed by Rosenthal doesn’t move the needle much, as a player of Ellsbury’s caliber would surely command upwards of $20+ million per season, but the prospective location will surely shock some people.

Seattle isn’t a “big market” team by definition, but the Mariners have shown the propensity to spend money at times in recent years, and they could definitely use a bat. Furthermore, Ellsbury isn’t the type of hitter that would flounder in Seattle’s cavernous ballpark, as he generates much of his value from his legs, and the fit would seem to be there.

However, it’s way too early to pencil in Jacoby Ellsbury as a Mariner. The bidding war could be severe for his services, as only Shin-Soo Choo and (possibly) Curtis Granderson will be competing with Ellsbury for the millions of dollars available for free agents at the position.

Get the hot stove ready.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury, Seattle Mariners

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