As the Boston Red Sox’s celebrated their World Series win on Wednesday night, one of its star players might have been feeling a twinge of uncertainty.
That’s because the Sox have until November 5th to negotiate with free agent Jacob Ellsbury to ensure that he’s on next year’s roster.
But Ellsbury might not have too much to worry about. According to CBS Sports, the team plans to make a $14.1 million qualifying offer to him before the deadline.
The Bleacher Report wrote that Scott Boras, Ellsbury’s agent, has had 11 phone calls from baseball managers inquiring about Ellsbury, and teammate Stephen Drew. “These players are very popular,” Boras said.
Popular indeed. Ellsbury was 2-for-4 in the Red Sox’s Series-clinching 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
“This is a great feeling; celebrating with this group of guys,” Ellsbury told Sporting News MLB after clinching the World Series. “Tonight was our chance to close it out, and we did…It was fun. We wanted to do it for the fans. Obviously, Boston Strong. We wanted to go out there, compete, play hard, and we did that this year."
"Ells is a really, really good player," said Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz to Sporting News MLB. "I'd love for him to come back. I can give up rockets up the middle, and he'll catch 'em."