Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury told WEEI.com’s Alex Speier on Sunday that he is open to long-term contract negotiations with the Red Sox, but has not been approached yet.
“I’m going to play this year. When the Red Sox talk with my agent, I
guess that’s when that ball starts rolling. As a ballplayer, you don’t
want to get caught up in the numbers right now,” said Ellsbury. “I think
it’s fine [that there have been no long-term talks]. I’d like to get
one more year under my belt, but if they come with something tomorrow,
then it’s a totally different ballgame. But I’m not really worried about
that right now.”
Ellsbury, 26, boasts a .297/.350/.414 batting line over his first 1,294 major league at-bats and is under team control through 2013. He hit .301/.355/.415 last season with eight homers, 60 RBI and 70 stolen bases in 153 games. For what it’s worth, Scott Boras is his agent.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”