Today Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about the Phillies and Red Sox potentially discussing a deal but not involving Halladay, rather Vance Worley.
“The risk in terms of dollars and long-term commitment would not be significant. Ellsbury, 29, will be a free agent after the 2013 season, so he should be motivated to play for a long-term deal. He made just over $8 million last season and probably will be paid right around that number next season.
Whenever Ellsbury has been healthy he has been an elite player. He led the American League in stolen bases with 50 in 2008 and 70 in 2009. He has scored 90 or more runs in the three seasons he played at least 145 games and he has a .349 career on-base percentage…
What would the Phillies have to surrender in a trade for Ellsbury? The deal could get done for righthander Vance Worley because the Red Sox need another starting pitcher. Worley, 25, should be attractive to a lot of teams even though he is coming off a frustrating season caused by a bone spur that was surgically removed in September. Worley is not eligible for salary arbitratrion (sic) until after the 2013 season and cannot be a free agent until after the 2017 season.”
“The Phillies are dangling pitcher Vance Worley as a trade chip and would be willing to include pitching prospect Trevor May in the right deal.”
All of this talk from Philadelphia writers about Ellsbury is entertaining but it seems to be picking up steam across the country. ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote this morning about five possible landing spots for Ellsbury after the Red Sox signed Shane Victorino last night and the Phillies were one o the five spots.
“They desperately need some outfield help, and the Red Sox have had interest in Cliff Lee in the past and have the ability to absorb his extraordinary salary -- he's owed $87 million over the next three seasons. Among lesser options the prospect-thin Phillies could offer would be Vance Worley, although, again, it all depends on how the Red Sox would evaluate him. Boston is not going to get a huge package of players in return for Ellsbury, given that he's so close to free agency.”
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