Jacoby Ellsbury rumors: 'Starting point' as free agent is 5 years, $75 million

USA TODAY Sports

The price for Ellsbury this winter is expected to start at B.J. Upton and go up from there.

The rumored "starting point" for Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury when he hits free agency this fall will be the five-year, $75 million deal that B.J. Upton signed with the Braves last winter, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday.

Ellsbury, when healthy, has been a much more consistent player than the elder Upton over the last several years, so the emphasis in Heyman's statement should definitely be on the phrase "starting point." That being said, Marc Normandin at Over the Monster points out that Heyman has a "bit of a reputation" for getting info from Scott Boras -- i.e. Ellsbury's agent -- so there's a chance that there is some weight to the figures he stated.

Ellsbury, 29, has not shown any sign of the power stroke that earned him runner-up in the 2011 AL MVP voting since returning from last year's serious shoulder injury, but he's still been a very productive player for the Red Sox. There's been some talk that Boston will be priced out of the Ellsbury sweepstakes this winter, but Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan -- also speaking to The Sports Hub -- believes the Sox will be a major player for his services.

The speedy center fielder is batting .296/.353/.420 with seven big flies, eight triples and a league-leading 47 stolen bases through 123 games this season. He also brings elite defense to the table, which is a nice plus.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Say goodbye to the poor man's Mariano Rivera

The best bullpen in the world, two years running

Why don't we trust Jim Crane?

So much for Byrd’s T-shirt night in New York | #Lookit

Neyer: Ryan Howard and the stupid people

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.