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New York Yankees to Sign Boston Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury to 7-Year, $153 Million Deal: Report

December 3rd, 2013 at 8:39 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees want to improve their roster and make bold additions to the team after missing the playoffs in 2013. They're about to make a monumental move that will shake the entire winter off-season.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported on Tuesday night that the Yankees and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are closing in on a seven-year deal to lure the starting Red Sox center fielder over to the Bronx.

"Star free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is in serious talks with the Yankees and the sides appear to be close to reaching a seven-year deal. sources said. "It could happen," said someone familiar with the talks. It is believed the deal would exceeed Carl Crawford's $142-million, seven-year deal."
 
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has reported that the deal will in fact be for seven year and $153 million and will include an option for an eighth season that could bring the total of the deal up to $169 million. The deal is done, pending a physical from Ellsbury.
 
"Yankees deal with Ellsbury is seven years and $153 million. That's $12 million more than Crawford's contract," he tweeted.
The Yankees had made an offer to several players, one of which included Ellsbury, but with Robinson Cano's status up in the air and Carlos Beltran likely to sign elsewhere for the 2014 season, the Yankees didn't want to be waiting around for some of the bigger players to sign elsewhere, and thus, the Yankees are going to lure perhaps the second best free agent on the market to New York and away from their cross-town rivals.
 
The 30-year-old Ellsbury hit .298 with nine home runs and 58 RBI with 52 stolen bases for the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox in 2013 and will add a ton of speed and solid defense to an outfield that at one time, had quite a bit of age to it.
 
Playing in Yankee Stadium, Ellsbury as a left-handed hitter can take advantage of the short-porch in right field; his best season as a pro was back in 2011; where he hit 32 home runs, drove in 105 RBI and hit .321 while stealing 39 bases and finishing second in the American League MVP voting that season.
 
Ellsbury wouldn't be the first Boston player to jump ship from the Red Sox to the Yankees, as players like Johnny Damon and Kevin Youkilis have also done it in the past; Damon helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series after helping Boston win it in 2004.
 
Ellsbury isn't the first big name that the Yankees will have signed this winter, as they also signed former Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann to a five-year. $85 million deal with an option for a sixth season that could top $100 million. Ellsbury would be the second major free agent the Yankees would sign this winter.
 
The Yankees still do have current center fielder Brett Gardner on the team, although he could end up getting traded this winter by the Yankees with Ellsbury now on the team.

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