Ellsbury open to long-terms talks with Red Sox

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ellsbury high-five.JPGRed 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.

Report: Cardinals to sign Paul Goldschmidt to five-year contract extension

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Extension season continues. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are close to an agreement on a five-year extension. The value is believed to be around $130 million, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goldschmidt was set to become a free agent after the season.

The Cardinals acquired Goldschmidt, 31, from the Diamondbacks in December in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young, and a 2019 competitive balance round B pick. The slugger is a six-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Goldschmidt owns a career .297/.398/.532 triple-slash line along with 209 home runs, 710 RBI, 709 runs scored, and 124 stolen bases. He is also well-regarded for his defense at first base. As a result, he has accumulated 40.3 Wins Above Replacement over eight seasons, according to Baseball Reference.

With Goldschmidt in place, the Cardinals are set at first base for the foreseeable future. Though Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season, carrying an OPS barely above .700 into June, he recovered and finished with a .922 OPS. That two-month blip aside, there’s no reason to think Goldschmidt’s production is about to fall off anytime soon.