BOSTON (CBS) – Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak opened their show on Wednesday talking about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the rival Yankees to the tune of 7 years and $153 million.
Will the Red Sox miss Jacoby Ellsbury? Absolutely.
But is Jacoby Ellsbury worth $22 million per year? Absolutey not.
It wasn’t that long ago when this Red Sox front office would chase the biggest, flashiest name in free agency and try to out-Yankee the Yankees in signing them to big money.
Now, Ben Cherington and company are operating with discipline and are sticking to their long-term plan.
By not signing Ellsbury and letting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk in free agency, it shows that the Red Sox have learned from the mistakes of their past.
And for that they deserve kudos.
“If there’s one you have to have to be successful in sports is you better have a good business model and a good plan. I think the Red Sox are onto a system that works, which is really simple: don’t overextend on years for guys you don’t want,” said Andy Gresh.
“That is Jacoby Ellsbury in a nutshell. The Red Sox are doing a phenomenal job of not giving albatross contracts, which is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in baseball.”
“If you’re going to make a mistake you want those mistakes to be short term. Conversely, the New York Yankees are doing exactly what they said they didn’t want to do. They’re trying to get out from under this luxury tax threshold and they can’t do it. They can’t help themselves.”
Listen to the full discussion below: