Posted December 04, 2013

Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees reportedly agree to 7-year, $153 million deal

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Jacoby Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. (Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Jacoby Ellsbury is a career .297 hitter during his seven MLB seasons. (Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Free-agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury agreed Tuesday to a seven-year deal worth $153 million with the New York Yankees, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

The deal will be complete pending Ellsbury passing a physical, according to the report. The deal includes an eighth-year option and takes the deal’s total value to $169 million if it is exercised.

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Ellsbury, 30, spent the past seven seasons with the Red Sox.  He hit. 298 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 134 games last season. He led the majors in stolen bases with 52 and also scored 92 runs.

He hit .344 in the postseason, helping the Red Sox win their third World Series title in the past 10 seasons.

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The Yankees have already snagged catcher Brian McCann in free agency and reportedly are nowhere near being done in the free-agent market.

More from CBS Sports:

The Yankees have been in simultaneous talks with Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, and many other top free agents, including their own Robinson Cano. Things haven’t been progressing with Cano, as the Yankees don’t want to go much beyond $170 million over seven years, with Cano looking for $260 million at the moment.


97 comments
Zimbear
Zimbear

Yankees philosopy: If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

NealC
NealC

Let me start by saying that I'm a huge Yankee fan BUT in what world does this make any sense?!?! Yankees are trying to get under $189 million and now your gonna pay a carbon copy play you already had in Gardner $21+ million?!?! I'm am so disgusted with this move. Seems like the Yankees take 1 step forward and 5 steps back. Horrible move

rkcla08
rkcla08

looking at the previous 7-years vs. the 7-years bought into the future, this is a stupidity deal at its finest.

ny fans who don't protest this by not buying a ticket to their games will get exactly what they pay for.

William27
William27

as a yankee fan I think this sucks. a very bad move. a very stupid move.

they learned nothing from the texiera deal and the a-rod deal and many of the other stupid deals that got them an 85 win season this year

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

As a yankee fan I din't like the move, and it might mean the end of Cano, but it is a win now move, and I can't complain about aggressiveness from Hal

Natsnatsnats
Natsnatsnats

I  can't stand Scott Boras, but if he writes a book after he retires, I'd buy it in a second.  I would love to get the insider's view on how he was able to get to the number of 7 years for 153 million.  I can't imagine there was another team waiting to swoop in at 7 years 145 million, or 6 years 130 million.  And yet somehow he was able to get NY to go to a level that seems entirely out of line with the player.  I mean, he's a great player, and I know a lot of teams were interested in him, but I can't imagine there was anyone interested anywhere close to that number.

viking
viking

Suckers!

Now I know how much a glass jaw is worth.

WFinchner
WFinchner

A three tool player for five tool money! lol Thanks NY! You have ensured that you will be chasing Boston in the standings for the next half of a decade!

BostonBeer
BostonBeer

Never Again !  That's the motto of Ben Cherington's Red Sox; after unburdening themselves from the Crawford,Gonzales& Beckett contracts; they realize life is better when you have more options.

WFinchner
WFinchner

THANK YOU SCOTT BORAS-

 As a Red Sox fan, I have just added you to my Christmas card list! Not only did you keep Boston from re-signing an injury prone player who missed 40% of the team's games from 26-29 years old, but you added 153 million to NY's bloated payroll!

therantguy
therantguy

Red Sox got him for 7 years for 21 million...Yanks will pay him 153...if the Yanks were able to harness their massive budget with some brains they would be unstoppable...is there any chance (and I mean any) that this is a good contract? His speed will decline (as it always does) and what are you left with? A solid OBP and no power? and increasing fragility? 


Good for him...but, man, short term (1-2 years) maybe the Sox miss him...but long term 3-7...I just don't see this being anything other than a classic overpay situation for the Yankees.

oasis1994
oasis1994

Lets not forget this; Yankees lose more draft picks! Keep on building that farm system!

MichaelC
MichaelC

Nice, Boston made a mistake by signing Carl Crawford for 7 years, $142M in 2011 (age 29), only to see him fall apart. Thought: Hey, let's not overpay speedy outfielders on the wrong side of 30. 

So what does the Yanks do? Give $153M to Ellsbury, who has a history of injuries (not minor, major).

McCann too ... he's definitely on the down trend of a solid career - again, overpaying for past performance.

Go Yanks!

John27271
John27271

Would be an unbelievable team if cano comes back.. But I doubt it now.

TruthDestroyer
TruthDestroyer

Some more stats for the Yankee fans that think this was a great signing:  In six full seasons Jacoby Ellsbury has averaged 114 games. He made one All-Star team, won one Gold Glove and hit more than 9 home runs... once

oasis1994
oasis1994

So... the Yankees pretty much signed Brett Gardner for 153 million

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

Lost Jarrod and Ellsbury. What you sox fans think? Think the sox can still defend their title. Seemed to have lost two important pieces.

sjay
sjay

injury prone and speed is the first thing to go with age. the yankees overpaid for something the red sox didn't even want. but boras got over on jay z so thats something.

John02169
John02169

Yankee baseball, if you can't beat them, buy them.

john b5
john b5

what an insanely stupid deal!  153M!!!!  WHAT THE FUUCCCCKKKKK

DarrenWoodbury
DarrenWoodbury

1 million per game he'll play over the next 7 years? Nicely done, Els.

Dshban11
Dshban11

Honestly, no matter what moves the Yankees make this offseason, none are going to be more helpful than letting Phil Hughes go. That's an extra ten wins right there.

John27271
John27271

NEW FAVORITE PLAYER! welcome home Ellsbury

NEsports27
NEsports27

Out of decency for the game I hoped ARod would lose his appeal.  And I hope you guys keep your 2B too.  $100M per year to a small group of past-prime players?  The old Yankees are back...

oasis1994
oasis1994

153 million well spent

Good job Yankees; I really hate you Ellsbury. I understand this is a business, but seriously, the Yankees? The last thing the Yankees need is another injury prone player and I cannot wait to see him get hurt the second game of the year running into someone on his team. 

As a Sox fan that was one smart move by the Red Sox. This guy hit .298 with zero power. On top of that he is 30 and players don't get any faster or quicker from 30 on. This reminds me of the Crawford signing; only this time the Dodgers won't be there to make a stupid move and take on his salary. I really hope Arod does not get suspended and comes back to the team and the Yankees have to pay him 30 million a year. How many guys can make 20+ million on one team? I can't wait till they give Cano 8 years at 265 million.

NealC
NealC

One more thing. You gotta had it to Boras. He is a genius at stealing people's money. Like him or hate him, he gets his money. He can get anyone to say yes to these crazy deals. This move is so beyond ludicrous for the Yankees. Please someone tell me how this makes any sense?!?! If they were gonna go after and outfielder they should have just brought back Granderson. I know he strikes out way too much but at least he would have been cheaper before this deal. Now i wonder if he will get that $100+ mil deal. Probably yes I would say. I guess this means the Yankees are moving on from Cano. What a waste of $153 million you could have added to what you would have budgeted for Cano. Again horrible move. I'm still so disgusted

Phllip
Phllip

@WFinchner Yankees don't have a bad squad at all..they're still building

Phllip
Phllip

@MichaelC Yeah Yanks want results Now rather than look for the future..Phillies in the same boat and though the Yanks have a better chance at reaching the post than the Phils, both are gonna be stuck with awful contracts in the next few years

dt
dt

@PHIFAN20 Not worried.  Pierzinski is a better player and a good 1 year rental.  The Sox will gamble with Jackie Bradley Jr and if that fails they'll still stick Gomes or Nava in Centerfield.  This team is BETTER without those guys on it with bloated contracts.

WFinchner
WFinchner

@PHIFAN20 Salty was a mediocre defensive catcher who hit around .250 over 2 seasons and had 14 HR's last year. That's about average for an MLB catcher, and not something that will be hard to replace.

Ellsbury is above average defensively, but is made of glass. He;s missed over 40% of the team's games over the past 4 years, and now he is entering his 30's. Do players get faster and less fragile in their 30's? No of course not.

We will miss Jacoby's speed, but his replacement is Jackie Bradley, and Salty's replacement is Pierzynski. Then there is Bogaerts who will replace Drew at short, and Boston has trimmed about 20 odd million from their payroll and gotten significantly younger!

TruthDestroyer
TruthDestroyer

@PHIFAN20  We will miss them both in the club house.  Salty struck out twice as much as AJ did last year.  

oasis1994
oasis1994

@PHIFAN20 

Losing Salty is not a big deal. AJ is a better all around player. Salty's swing was way too long and was prone to striking out too much

oasis1994
oasis1994

In other words I fu##ing hate you Elsbury. I hope you rot in hell. I hate letting emotions out over a sport and this has not happened since Mo Vaughn, but I guess it was due.

WFinchner
WFinchner

@oasis1994 They aren't going to pay Cano that kind of money, unfortunately. Cano doesn't have nearly as many suitors as Jacoby did.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@NealC 

Red Sox fan here. I agree with you on both points. This makes no sense to me at all. I mentioned this below, but don't the Yankees lose draft picks with this move and the McCann move?

They  need to focus on building a farm system. That is what made this team so great for all those years from 1996 till the early 2000s. They focused on a farm system and signing low key players. They seem to be fielding a team like they did in the late 70s and now with signing the best so called players on the market.

I'm not saying you are one, because you are knowledgeable, but this goes to the average Yankee fan wanting to win. I said this before, but the Yankees need a few bad seasons to get good. You really need to take a few steps back without any of these signing to move forward. 

The Red Sox (and the average Sox fan) are the same way, but they were able to sign some decent names for 1 - 3 year contracts and look what happened (although I never saw them being that good).

WFinchner
WFinchner

@Phllip @WFinchner  What are they building? An over-priced, over the hill group? They've already spent a quarter of a BILLION dollars this offseason, and they still have to try and resign Cano, and bring in some pitching.

If they give Cano 175 million over 7 years, their payroll will certainly exceed the 189 million cap they set for themselves, unless they can get out of the A-Roid deal.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@WFinchner @PHIFAN20 

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Yet another smart move by Ben Cherrington. Ellsbury can be replaced short term until Jackie Bradley is ready, or the Red Sox can make a trade seeing how they actually have a minor league system. 

So the Yankees signed Ellsbury... don't they lose a draft pick for this and the McCann signing?

Also, who is going to hit from the right side of the plate for the Yankees? Arod? HAHAH

I do hope Jeter is healthy though; only class act on the team. 

This is an lefty line up.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@WFinchner @oasis1994 

I agree... but the Yankees are dumb enough to bid against themselves (Maybe not this time around, but it is wishful thinking)