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Jacoby Ellsbury Leaves Red Sox for Yankees as Free Agent

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


Jacoby Ellsbury is a New York Yankee.

That's the breaking news first reported by CBS's Jon Heyman Tuesday night..

Heyman and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News have cofirmed that the deal is complete and Ellsbury will make $153 million over 7 years.

Heyman had broken the news a little earlier Tuesday evening that the Yankees were close to signing Ellsbury from the rival Red Sox.

Heyman's scoop was quickly confirmed by Feinsand


It will be interesting to see how this affects the Yankees' pursuit of star second baseman Robinson Cano. The Yankees have balked at exceeding $170 million or 7-years in any offer to Cano, who is said to be looking for a 9-year, $52 million deal with a $28 million vesting option that would take the deal to $280 million over 10-years.

Perhaps the Yankees have given up on signing Cano, and thus heightened their efforts to lock down Ellsbury as a big free agent coup. Perhaps the Yankees believe they can afford Ellsbury AND Cano.

Either way, the thought of Ellsbury in pinstripes is enough to make Red Sox fans wicked angry. Especially if Ellsbury flourishes with the short right field porch at Yankee Stadium.


In other Red Sox news, the team agreed to a 1 year deal Tuesday with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski worth just over $8 million.  The 36-year-old Pierzynski (he turns 37 on December 30th)  is expected to split time behind the plate with fellow veteran David Ross next season.  Pierzynski hit 17 home runs and had 70 RBI while hitting .272 last season for the Texas Rangers.

Former Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalammacchia signed a 3 year, $21 million contract with the Miami Marlins Tuesday.  The Red Sox never offered Salty a contract longer than 2 years, thus leading the switch-hitting 28-year-old to take his talents to South Beach.


The Sox replaced one backstop with another Tuesday without much fanfare.  How they go about replacing their leadoff hitter and everyday center fielder, on the other hand, is sure to be a red hot storyline throughout this offseason.


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Walter Miller

Predictably, the Yankees are on one of their typical spending sprees. Seen this act before. Hasn't always panned out.

Sox fans knew it would be difficult to retain Ellsbury, especially with team mgmnt. adopting a different philosophy regarding long term/high priced contracts. I think that model is the best way to go.
2013 results speak for themselves.

In the end, you can't blame Ellsbury for taking the long term deal.
I wish him good luck, except when he plays the Red Sox.

Howard Miller

it is a great sport on the field----however off the field it is a business for the team and the player. As a Sox fan for over 65 years i loved Ellburys hustle and dedication. He played the game when he was healthy with all his heart and soul. I can see Jacobys reasonig and also the Sox thought in this matter. Thanks Jacoby for everything and i do mean everything.
Walter i agree with you i hope he hits a home run everytime up except when he plays the Sox. You know with a last name like Miller Water is a expert sports comentator.
Howard Miller

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