I can understand wanting to land Ellsbury over Crisp, as he's under their control for three more years than Coco is, but to sacrifice four or five years of Lester for the perceived upgrade of Ellsbury to Crisp doesn't make much more sense to me either. Knowing what we know right now, there's just no way that six years of Ellsbury is worth more than three of Crisp and four or five of Lester. Even though the Twins have a perceived glut of young pitching, there's no such thing as too much young pitching.
Perhaps the Twins are hoping the Sox will subsidize some of Crisp's contract?
I was about to post something on this issue. I don't see Ellsbury and Lester/Coco as equal at all. I'd much rather have Lester/Coco. It's basically about $21m combined for three years of Coco and Lester. If that money is an obstacle for the Twins for some reason, Theo should just give them Ellsbury and be happy. I'd rather take a chance that Lester pans out with Coco in CF than hope that Ellsbury can become the next Lofton.