Cherington On Ellsbury, Masterson, Theo

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington took some time out of his schedule to talk with WEEI's Dennis & Callahan and Alex Speier has the goods.  Let's take a look at some of the highlights..

  • While the Red Sox reportedly haven't talked about an extension with Jacoby Ellsbury so far in 2013, they have talked about a new deal with him at various points over the years about a multi-year pact.  However, each time, both sides agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration instead.  Cherington implied that he does not expect to start talks with the outfielder again until after the season.  
  • Ellsbury has struggled so far in 2013, but the GM believes that he is in line for a turnaround.  Cherington believes that he has been unlucky with balls in play and the abundance of left-handed pitching that he has faced has also affected him.
  • Even though Justin Masterson has been one of the top starters in the AL this season, Cherington said that he would have made the same trade that his predecessor, GM Theo Epstein, did.  However, he acknowledged that the team didn’t anticipate Masterson turning out to be this good. “We thought, at the time, he would be a good major league starter or a really good reliever, and he’s probably exceeded that in a starting role,” said Cherington. “We were able to get him at a spot in the draft…but fast-forward, and if I’m in Theo’s shoes at the time, I would have done the same thing. The deal made a lot of sense at the time. We were trying to get into the playoffs, and Victor Martinez certainly helped to get us into the playoffs.

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