Jacoby or Johan? I’m split on the Ellsbury – Santana debate. When I first caught wind of a possible trade that included Ellsbury for Johan, I’ll admit, I laughed. What is Theo thinking? No, what is Theo smoking? Here’s a kid who hasn’t even had his rookie season yet, and out plays a seasoned player such as CF Coco Crisp? Jacoby’s proved he can play, perform, and produce on the biggest stage in baseball. He preformed and looked like a post season veteran. So why give him up?
The best left handed pitcher in baseball, that’s why. A double Cy Young winning pitcher added to a team that starts with a smokin’ ace like Beckett would leave detrimental effects on opposing team’s wins. A player such as Johan would bring us more wins defensivly than Ellsbury could bring wins offensively. Clearly, more wins with less losses means a possible ’08 AL East win and an incredible 1-2 punch in the post season.
The question of the off season remains: Smokin’ aces Beckett and Santana for a sick 1-2 punch? Or ’08 AL Rookie of the Year Ellsbury as a Sox CF?
If I were in Theo’s shoes I never would have included Ellsbury in a trade for an ace. Then again, I never could have parted with Nomar.. and look what that brought us.
If Theo wants his prize, I guess he has to make an offer no one could refuse. And that offer includes Ellsbury.