Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury, right, scores on a single by Shane Victorino for the go-ahead run as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine cannot handle the throw during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 9-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Target: Jacoby Ellsbury, OF
2013 stats: 134 games, .298 batting average, .355 on-base percentage, nine home runs, 31 doubles, eight triples, 53 RBIs, 52 stolen bases
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Ellsbury is a fine player, but do the Texas Rangers really need him? Sure, he'd be a nice addition, but with the supposed limited free agent budget the club has this winter, it's hard to believe Ellsbury would be the wisest addition.
How much of an upgrade would Ellsbury be over Leonys Martin in center field? The power numbers are identical, and Martin is showing he could become one of the league's better defensive center fielders, especially with his rocket arm. It'd be an upgrade, but not one worth paying a Scott Boras client that is going to be seeking a mega-deal at age 30.
If the Rangers could bring in Ellsbury to play left field, that would be something to discuss, but it's hard to imagine Ellsbury choosing, as a free agent, to go somewhere that won't play him at his preferred position.