The world champions have been very busy Monday.
The Boston Red Sox have already decided to extend qualifying offers to shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Mike Napoli and have decided against extending an offer to catch Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Like the offers to Drew and Napoli, this offer is worth $14.1 million.
If Ellsbury decides to accept that offer, he’ll play for the Red Sox at that salary.
Ellsbury, of course, is in search of a long term deal and almost certainly won’t accept that number. He’ll likely look for a deal worth over $100 mllion.
If Ellsbury does reject the offer, the team that signs him will likely have to give up a first round pick to do so because of the MLB’s rules regarding free agency and compensation.
Ellsbury, 30, has battled injuries throughout his career, which could be another reason teams could be hesitant to meet his demands. Ellsbury hit .298, had an on-base percentage of .355 and slugged .456 in 134 games for the Red Sox last season season. He stole an American League best 52 bases, hit nine home runs and drove in 53 runs.