Jacoby Ellsbury Goes To Yanks
The Boston Red Sox have lost their center fielder. Sources are reporting that Jacoby Ellsbury has signed a 7 year deal with the New York Yankees. The long term deal being worth in excess of $150 million.
The now 30 year old Ellsbury has won two World Series with the Red Sox, in 2007, his rookie year, and then again just this past season. The speedy center fielder has led the American League in stolen bases three times already during his six year career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is represented by agent Scott Boras, a known fierce negotiator who goes for top dollar. Recently, Boras lost Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano as a client to music hip hop mogul Jay Z. Now, with the Yankees signing Ellsbury for big money, they may not be able to afford Cano.
Ellsbury's deal is for 7 years, a term the Red Sox were not willing to meet. The Sox may now put popular player Jackie Bradley Jr. in the center field position, or sign a free agent.
The Sox win the World Series and then lose their center fielder to the Yankees. Sound familiar? The same situation occurred following the Red Sox 2004 World Series win when the Yankees signed free agent Johnny Damon.