LOS ANGELES, December 4, 2013 — Jacoby Ellsbury is headed to the Big Apple. The New York Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury have reportedly agreed to a deal that will pay him $153 million over seven years, according to espn.com. The contract includes an option for another year that could push the total value to$169 million.
Jacoby Ellsbury, 30, led the majors in stolen bases last year with 52, while posting a .298/.355/.426 slash line for the Red Sox in 2013. Ellsbury has spent his entire seven-year in Boston and won two World Series there. He won a Gold Glove award in 2011.
Ellsbury comes with risk as he missed 256 games over the last four years with various injuries.
The Yankees will likely push Brett Gardner to left field and Ellsbury will patrol centerfield for the Yankees and could bat leadoff.
New York has been very active this winter. Earlier they signed free agent catcher Brian McCann. And there are rumors that they are close on a deal with infielder Kelly Johnson.
The Ellsbury and McCann signings are huge for Yankee fans. The team, however, is still looking to spend more money on a starting pitcher and possibly Robinson Cano. The Seattle Mariners are also heavily interested in Cano and may be willing to outspend the Yankees to get him.
Should the Yankees not sign Cano, Kelly Johnson could wind up being the Yankees’ starting second baseman in 2014. The Yankees are also interested in outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran should Cano not pan out.
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