According to numerous reports, the Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed on a seven year deal that will be worth $153 million dollars. The deal includes an eighth year option.
Ellsbury, a 30 year old center fielder who is represented by Scott Boras, missed significant time due to injury in 2010 and 2012 (and was injured toward the end of 2013), but his skill set is rare – meaning that someone was likely to throw a ton of money at him. That somebody is the Yankees.
This move may cap off what’s been an insane hot stove day, or maybe something even crazier will happen later.
When news of the deal broke, most initially thought it meant the Yankees were almost certainly out on Robinson Cano, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is insisting that’s not the case:
Source: Not only do the Yankees believe they’ve got room for Ellsbury and Cano or Choo, they still plan on signing at least one SP as well.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 4, 2013
It’s been noted over and over this offseason that the Yankees are hell-bent on staying under the $189 million dollar luxury tax limit. That certainly won’t be the case if they sign Choo or Cano in addition to Ellsbury.
From a Mets angle, Ellsbury going to the Yankees lowers the chance that they’ll sign Choo (who the Mets have been linked to).
The Mets never had any interest in Ellsbury.
I was on the fence about him, at one point scared of what he’d get and at another point pining for the Mets to go after him. They apparently never had any intention of pursuing Ellsbury, the Yankees obviously did, and now we’ll see how the contract plays out.