Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season, and his agent, Scott Boras, is doing what he does best. Boras is famous for being a driving force behind escalating player salaries, often focusing on more than just the on-field impact of a player in negotiations. He goes deeper, looking into how a star can impact ticket and retail sales.
Boras spoke about Ellsbury on Wednesday and had predictably high praise, according to ESPNBoston.com:
"We view him as a franchise player," Boras said, employing a phrase that he should trademark, he uses it so often.
Ellsbury, a fifth-year veteran out of Oregon State, is struggling through an injury-shortened 2012 season. He is batting .273 with two home runs and 16 RBI in just 52 games.