Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury carries the World Series championship trophy after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: Boston Red Sox have tried to extend Jacoby Ellsbury


The Boston Red Sox don’t have a lot of time to celebrate their eighth World Series championship before they have to make some key decisions.

The biggest decision is obviously the future of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

According to Scott Boras, Ellsbury’s infamous agent, 11 teams have already contacted Boras to discuss Ellsbury.

The Red Sox and Ellsbury seem destined to part ways this offseason, but that may not be what the Red Sox want.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Red Sox have twice tried to re-sign Ellsbury.

According to sources: After the 2011 season, for which Ellsbury finished second in the American League MVP race, the Red Sox offered him a deal that fell slightly short of $100 million. The counteroffer from agent Scott Boras, according to sources, was for a deal of about $130 million. The gap in the negotiations was too large to bridge at that time.

Olney also says the Red Sox offered a five-year deal worth about $75.25 million.

Ellsbury, 30, batted .298, had an on-base percentage of .355 and slugged .426 in 134 games for the Red Sox in 2013. He hit nine home runs, drove in 53 runs and stole an American League best 52 bases.

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