Red Sox considering moving Ellsbury to left field?

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According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are mulling moving Jacoby Ellsbury to left field.



While the club still views Ellsbury
as their center fielder of the future, he posted a below-average -12.3
UZR/150 in 2009 . Only Colorado rookie Dexter Fowler (-15.2) had a
lower rating among center fielders with at least 900 innings played.
Ellsbury posted an excellent +30.3 UZR/150 in 58 games played in left
field in 2008.




If the Red Sox decide to slide
Ellsbury over to left field, they will surely have to find an adequate
defensive replacement. Silverman names Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran as a potential
trade target. The 32-year-old Beltran has a career UZR/150 of
+3.6 in center field. He also has two years and $37 million left on his
current contract, which would only slightly more per year than Jason
Bay will get on the open market this winter. A small price to pay for a better all-around player. The one problem with
Silverman’s suggestion is that Beltran has a full no-trade clause in
his contract.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.