I think the Red Sox are cautious about Japanese players after the trouble with 'DiceK' He would have been better perhaps, if he would train for the longer American season. He had trained the way he had in the past & refused to train for the different circumstances.
Ellsbury is not only a good center fielder, but won games for the Sox last year by his excellent base running. the Sox can replace the hitter, center fielder, but can't replace the base running skill. that is not talked about so much & being with the Yanks improves another team in the division, which we don't want.
It's not a case of 'hate the Yanks' but being up against a more skilled team.
The Mets will be in the basement again this year I'm afraid. I heard they had a chance to get a very good outfielder who hit 40 home runs but was on a drug suspension but they refused to give the team he was on a 3rd round draft pick.
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .