Ellsbury’s Return To Boston Is Iffy

Source: Howard Ulman, Associated Press

Jacoby EllsburyJacoby Ellsbury waved to the crowd lining the shore; the next time he sees those same fans he might get a much different reaction.

Ellsbury leads the team’s group of potential free agents and, after a strong season, likely could get a better offer elsewhere. The Red Sox are leery of giving long-term contracts, and Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, is expected to ask for a nine-figure deal.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino refused to discuss what Boston might offer Ellsbury.

“Every baseball season is different,” he said before the rally. “It’s impossible, or nearly impossible, to have an identical roster year after year. I predict we will not.”