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December 5, 2007
By Joe McDonald
Journal Sports Writer
While the Red Sox and Twins try to hammer out a possible trade, involving Minnesota pitcher Johan Santana, Boston rookie sensation Jacoby Ellsbury is eagerly awaiting word on whether he’s staying or going.
“I’m been trying not to pay too much attention to it,” he said. “But it’s hard when all your friends, my parents and brothers are calling me because they want the inside scoop on everything. It’s tough just knowing that I have no control over where I play or anything like that.”
The Red Sox selected him in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2005 draft and because of that he has a certain comfort level within the organization that extends from the front office to his teammates, managers, coaches and fans.
“It’s something I hope gets done sooner rather than later and I’m sure Johan feels the same,” he said. “I’m just working out here in Oregon and staying in shape for anything possible. Where ever I go I’ll obviously give them my 100 percent.”
Do you want to stay in Boston?
“Definitely,” he answered. “Definitely. Coming through the minor-league system, winning the World Series and with the team we have coming back, I want to be a part of that next year. I would love to come back but unfortunately I don’t have any say, whatsoever, where I end up next year. Where ever I do I will definitely give 100 percent, but I would like to stay a Red Sox.”
The one thing that reportedly the Twins do not like about the highly talented outfielder is the fact he just switched agents and is now represented by Scott Boras. The super agent represents nine Red Sox players, including Ellsbury so the rookie felt it was in his best interest to make the change.
“Theo (Epstein) and Scott have a very good relationship and I was basically looking for the best representation available to me,” said Ellsbury. “Going with Scott allows me to be the best player that I can be. [Now] I can just go out there and play and not worry about too much.”
Boras actually contacted Ellsbury while he was in college, according the center fielder. At the time Ellsbury felt being represented by Boras was not the right fit for him, but after this past season things have changed dramatically.
“We’ve talked for a while,” said Ellsbury. “This wasn’t a rash decision. A lot of thought has gone into it.”
Ellsbury said he has talked with other Boras clients, including his teammates and decided it was finally a good fit.
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