In 2010, Jacoby Ellsbury played only 18 games because of cracked ribs. In 2011, the center fielder had one of the best seasons ever by a leadoff hitter and was runner-up in the American League MVP voting.

Manager Bobby Valentine can't recall a better rags-to-riches tale.

"I'm stumped," Valentine said. "If he's not totally unique, he's in a real small sample."

Yet the Red Sox never talked about a long-term deal for Ellsbury this winter, instead going through the arbitration process and settling on a one-year, $8.05 million contract. But after the team's workout yesterday, Ellsbury said he would consider signing a multiyear contract in the upcoming years.