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Agent Scott Boras: Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury Is 'Franchise Player'

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

"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.

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