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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Red Sox "Actively Exploring Outfield Market"

Alex Speier of WEEI reported Sunday that the Red Sox are "actively exploring the outfield market" as they prepare to lose Jacoby Ellsbury for what could be a significant amount of time.

Bobby Valentine said that Ellsbury would ice the subluxed right shoulder for 48 hours before more tests would be done to determine how much time the Red Sox will be without their all-star center fielder.

Depending on the news they get regarding the situation with Ellsbury, the Red Sox may look to help from outside of the organization.

If the initial reports of 6-8 weeks end up the case, the Red Sox would be better served waiting for Carl Crawford to return from wrist surgery and filling in the holes with internal options until Ellsbury is able to return the lineup.

If it's determined that 6-8 weeks is a long shot or Carl Crawford suffers any setbacks the Sox would likely try to come to terms for an outfielder that can serve their needs. Some names that have been thrown out there--with little traction--are Coco Crisp and Marlon Byrd.
The Red Sox have working relationships with both players' respective teams so a deal could likely be reached but at this juncture they wouldn't come cheap. The next few days will factor largely into the decision as Bobby V tries to figure out if his team can win with some combination of Cody Ross, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Sweeney and Jason Repko in the outfield.

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