Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show yesterday where he expressed his feelings on his center-fielder and recent All-Star Jacoby Ellsbury.
Epstein admitted that the Red Sox have previously tried to re-sign Ellsbury and it goes without saying that they still hope to re-sign for the future and for good reason.
"Yeah, I think with all our young players that we see as core members of the organization, that's something that we're interested in, and we certainly see Jacoby as that," Epstein said.
At 27, Ellsbury still has two years left of salary arbitration before he's eligible to become a free agent. Unfortunately, being a client of Scott Boras who rarely accepts contract extensions with two full seasons remaining, no one should hold their breath for a new contract for Ellsbury.
In his first All-Star season, Ellsbury is hitting .316 with 15 homers, 54 RBIs, 70 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.
Ellsbury first made his mark with the Red Sox during their World Series-winning season of 2007 when he was called up to fill in for then-center fielder Coco Crisp, who had been struggled mightily that season. The rest, as they say, was history.