Red Sox ink Ellsbury; Crawford has wrist surgery
BOSTON The Red Sox agreed to terms today with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and infielder Mike Aviles on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, avoiding salary arbitration.
Ellsbury, 28, was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year and finished second in AL MVP voting after a breakout season. He hit .321 and set career highs with 46 doubles, 32 home runs, 119 runs, 105 RBIs and 52 walks in 158 games. He led the majors with 364 total bases and 83 extra-base hits.
Selected by the Red Sox in the 2005 first round, Ellsbury has a .301 career average.
Aviles, 30, was acquired by Boston from Kansas City on July 30, 2011 and hit .317 in 38 games. He played third base, shortstop, second base, right and left field.
Meanwhile, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist and could miss opening day.
General manager Ben Cherington says Crawford is expected to resume hitting at some point in spring training and be ready early in the season. He says the team hasn’t completely ruled out Crawford’s availability for the opener.
Cherington says Crawford started hitting more actively recently, and he felt pain in the wrist. The surgery was performed in Arizona.
Crawford had career lows with a .255 average and 18 stolen bases in 2011, the first season of his seven-year, $142-million contract with the Red Sox.