Red Sox Operation Continues to Have Brain, Money
This could spell the end to any speculation that Boston may be in on the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes, although those rumors have dampened lately.
Cherington and John Farrell both stated they would be happy with having Jackie Bradley Jr. as the starting center fielder come Opening Day and given the deal that Choo is seeking, reportedly between Jayson Werth‘s $126 million and Ellsbury’s massive 7-year and $153 MM, the Sox may decide to pass on him as well.
The Sox wisely pivoted away from the bloated Gonzalez/Crawford/Dice K contracts after the 2011/2012 fiascos, and focused on a swath mid-range players who put up significantly more consistent performances (which is to say, consistent at all). It’s heartening to see them letting the Yankees pay Ellsbury too much money and not feeling the need to compete in the cold war of ballplayer salaries.