After the Crawford signing, Boston now has 4 outfielders for 3 slots and David Ortiz tying up the DH role. The Pirates, meanwhile, still have no long-term answer for RF. I am proposing we make an offer for either Mike Cameron or Jacoby Ellsbury. Yes we just signed Matt Diaz and Garrett Jones can also play RF, but there is little left in free agent first basemen, making it wise to leave Jones there and continue to let Diaz come off the bench.
First let's look at Cameron. 1 year remaining on contract for almost $8m. He had an injury plagued 2010 but is just one year removed from a 4.4 WAR season in '09. At 38 next year he would simply be a 1 year rental, but due to that age and his salary he should come particularly cheap. He has always been a very good defensive player and letting him roam RF in PNC should lessen the worry about age-related decline. On offense he is a low BA guy that can draw a walk and has some pop.
Doumit makes a natural fit for a trade considering that Boston only has Jason Varitek and Saltalamacchia at catcher. One of the few teams where Ryan Doumit would be an upgrade. I would offer him straight up for Cameron and either offsetting $$ or the young, cheap backup C in Salty who still may have some upside remaining.
Next we have Ellsbury. 27 years old and first-time arbitration eligible in 2011. Once seen as the CF of the future, he played just 18 games in 2010 and having Cameron and Crawford makes him expendable for the right price. Defensively the computers loved him in '08 but had him as -10/150 UZR in '09 where he played CF exlusively. I think he would once again be a big plus in RF for us and an option in Center. Offensively he is a lot like Tabata; high average, little power, doesn't walk or K much and tons of speed. Career .750 OPS.
Because he is younger and cheaper his price tag would be higher in a trade. If they see value in Doumit he could once again be a piece. I don't think they would have much interest in Maholm or Ohlie, so Meek or one of the AA pitchers would need to be involved.
Of course a lot of this is moot if they just go out and sign Russell Martin, but there you have it. Does it make sense to pursue either of these guys even after the Diaz signing?