In a move that has to drive Red Sox fans crazy, free agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has signed a seven-year deal with — of all teams — the New York Yankees! CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman broke the news Tuesday evening.
told Ellsbury deal with Yankees will “above Crawford.” $150M is a fair estimate. will give yanks dynamic lineup top.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 4, 2013
The contract will pay Ellsbury $153 million, which averages out to $21.85 million per year. MLB.com’s Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch adds that the contract also includes an eight year option.
Ellsbury’s Yankees deal is seven years and $153 million. There is also an eighth year option that could raise the total value to $169M.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 4, 2013
Red Sox fans and team officials figured all along that Ellsbury would seek a long-term deal, but how many figured on his going to the Red Sox’ most hated rival?
Ellsbury gives the Yankees extra speed as he joins Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield. The thing is, though, that Gardner played center field for much of 2013 with Curtis Granderson out to injury.
Granderson will now definitely move on as Ellsbury takes over center field. What will Joe Girardi do with Gardner or Ichiro? Remember that Alfonso Soriano is in left, and with the way he hit after he joined the Yankees last year, he could become more of a DH — or possible trade bait. I assume that Gardner returns to left. Imagine the speed in the Yankees’ outfield of Gardner, Ellsbury, and Ichiro. Few balls will find ground if they have any air under them.
Most every team wanted Ellsbury, and many went after him including Seattle and San Francisco. Seattle still has its eyes on Robinson Cano, so it has shown the willingness to spend on big-named players. Boston still has a chance of landing Carlos Beltran to help in the outfield. With Ellsbury now in New York, offering Beltran that three-year deal he wants may seem like a much better idea now.