Multiple sources have said that with Adrian Gonzalez, Boston will be going after Werth or Crawford, because now they will pull out on Beltre. If this happens, that will leave Jacoby Ellsbury very expendable! And after the deal for A-Gon, they should be looking to replenish their farm system. And the Braves would be the perfect match to help them accomplish this. A deal centered around Arodys Vizcaino and/or Christian Bethancourt should be enough to land the coveted Ellsbury.
That would leave the 2011 Opening Day lineup looking somewhat like this:
I really believe this isn’t living with a pie-in-the-sky idea of the typical over-the-top notions that the Braves will land either Upton brother, Gardner, Kemp, Rasmus, etc. This Ellsbury deal could realistically happen.
A speedster at the top of the order in a non-Cox era could be something Atlanta fans haven’t seen in awhile. He’s going into the first year of being arb. eligibility, so he should fit into the Braves’ budget. Those two factors make this a transaction the Frank Wren MUST consider.
As for the package Boston's receiving: Vizcaino, he looks to be a little too injury-prone at a very young age. That scares me. But at the same time, the kid has loads of talent. And I'm sure Boston would love to have a former Yankee top pitching prospect with the opportunity and potential to really stick it to them. And as for Bethancourt, obviously the Red Sox don’t have a long-term solution at catcher since the departure of Victor Martinez. And this would give them a very talented one. They obviously like Atlanta catching prospects (Saltalamacchia).