Jason Churchill of ESPN.com noted this morning that the Rangers could be in the market for an everyday centerfielder, regardless of Josh Hamilton’s return or departure.
The Texas Rangers, whether or not they re-sign Josh Hamilton this offseason, may be in the market for an everyday centerfielder. The Boston Red Sox may be at the point where trading Jacoby Ellsbury, a free agent after the 2013 season, makes more sense than not.
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald suggests the two clubs could match up in a trade, and wonders if the Rangers could be open to parting with left-hander Derek Holland for Ellsbury.
A few things to note:
- The 29 year-old Ellsbury is under contract only through the end of 2013, after which he will become a free agent. He was paid around $8M in 2012 and is arbitration eligible for 2013.
- Holland (26) is under control through 2018, with ’17 and ’18 both being club options, with pay escalating to $10M plus in 2016 and beyond.
- Craig Gentry…
So, what do you think? Would you like to see Dutch pack his bags for a move to Boston in return for one year of Ellsbury in center?
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