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Yankees Sign Former Red Sox Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

Posted By Steve Kinsella On December 3, 2013 @ 10:16 PM In main feature,MLB | No Comments

The New York Yankees continue to move forward with their offseason plans by signing  former Boston Red Sox free agent centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury [1] to a 7-year $153M contract that includes an option for an 8th year that could push the total value of the deal to $169M.

Phillies_Jacoby_Ellsbury_2012 [2]The news of the signing was broke by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (Twitter [3]) and news of the option year was reported by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com (Twitter [4]).

Ellsbury will take over centerfield pushing Brett Gardner [5] to left field and Alfonso Soriano [6] over to right. In 2013 Ellsbury appeared in 134 games posting a slash line of .298/.355/.426 with 9 home runs and 92 runs scored. He also stole 52 bases in 56 attempts. He played solid defense and overall had a wRC+ of 113 and a fWAR of 5.8.

It has long been believed that the Yankees were attempting to get beneath the luxury tax threshold but the rotation needs two starting pitchers, the bullpen lacks a proven closer, and the Robinson Cano [7] signing still looms over the team so staying below the threshold will be a difficult task.

Of course, if Alex Rodriguez [8] suspension is upheld his over $20M in AAV will not count toward the payroll giving the Yankees additional wiggle room to fill other needs.



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[1] Jacoby Ellsbury: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/ellsbja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[2] Image: http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Red_Sox_Jacoby_Ellsbury_1.jpg

[3] Twitter: https://twitter.com/FeinsandNYDN/status/408048140218933248

[4] Twitter: https://twitter.com/BryanHoch/status/408052544296849408

[5] Brett Gardner: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gardnbr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[6] Alfonso Soriano: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/soriaal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[7] Robinson Cano: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/canoro01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[8] Alex Rodriguez: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?results=rodrial01,rodrig011ale&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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