Jacoby Ellsbury rumors suddenly have the Washington Nationals interested. That just adds another team to the list of Ellsbury rumors for next season. According to a report from CBS Sports on Thursday (Oct. 31), there are nine teams that would love to have his services next season and that includes the Boston Red Sox. When free agency opens, it could be a race to woo one of the best free agents on the open market. After winning the World Series, his stock is going to be even hotter.
The reason Washington would be interested is to improve the offense on the team. The Nationals still have Denard Span as a leadoff center fielder, but he cannot provide the pop that the team would love to have. The franchise might not be willing to pay enough to outbid all the other interested parties though. Those potential bidders include the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, and New York Mets. It has been suggested that the St. Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers would also like to sign him.
With Scott Boras as his agent, there are likely to be many false Jacoby Ellsbury rumors planted in the market to drive up his price. After leading the league in steals with 52 this past season, he might not need those stories to increase his already impressive value. This is the type of player that teams like the Mariners and Cubs should open up the checkbook for in order to become competitive. All of this might mean nothing if the Boston Red Sox come in with a huge offer to ensure he stays in town.
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