Jacoby has been linked to multiple trade rumors throughout the offseason and as we approach Spring Training I don't see the speculation stopping here, especially with Michael Bourn still a free agent. At this point in the offseason a one year deal from a playoff contender could be enough to acquire the services of Michael Bourn. If you're the Red Sox front office the possibility of signing Bourn for a year and trading Ellsbury for pitching depth has to be something they've considered or should consider. Here are a few scenarios I've came up with:
Trade Jacoby Ellsbury to the White Sox for Gavin Floyd: Acquiring Ellsbury would shift a handful of players to their rightful positions which would make them a much better defensive team. De Aza could shift to left field, Viciedo could takeover at third, Keppinger could move to second base, and after disappointing seasons from Beckham and Morel, Beckham could play a utility role with Morel starting the season at AAA. And for the Red Sox, acquiring Gavin Floyd would give them more pitching depth and if we've learned anything over the last couple of years Sox starters just have something against staying healthy for a full season.
Trade Jacoby Ellsbury to the Rangers for David Murphy: The Rangers definitely need to do something about their leadoff situation. Ian Kinsler should be hitting 5th - 7th in the order due to his lack of OBP and ability to drive in runs. Having Ellsbury would obviously take care of their leadoff situation and create a left field platoon for Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin. For the Red Sox it would reunite them with lefty hitting left fielder/first basemen David Murphy to fill in for Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli.
Trade Jacoby Ellsbury to the Mets for Class A pitching prospect Domingo Tapia: Domingo is rated the 12th best prospect in the Mets system and would take the place of Barnes as he continues his path to Boston and gives the Mets the center fielder they've been looking for.
So even though the Red Sox wouldn't be getting a boatload of prospects back from an Ellsbury trade it would allow them to fill some holes that still exist on the major league roster without clogging positions for the highly talented prospects that exist in the Red Sox farm system.