Ellsbury agreed with the Bronx Bombers on a seven-year deal worth a reported $153 million. There is an option for an eighth year that could bring the total up to $169 million.
The 30-year-old Ellsbury played his entire career to date as a member of the Red Sox, book ending his stay with world championships in 2007 and 2013.
In six full seasons, Ellsbury stole 241 bases, including a career-high 70 in 2009. In 2011, he hit a career-high 32 homers and drove in 105 runs. If the Sox had not collapsed that September, he would have been the American League Most Valuable Player.
Not only do the Red Sox lose the one player they could least afford, they lose him to their biggest arch-rivals with the Yankees in a move that deeply upset Red Sox Nation.
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