The Yankees have agreed to terms with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pending a physcial, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. The deal is for seven years and $153 million, which exceeds the deal Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox before the 2011 season.
The Yankees' deal with Ellsbury is done, pending a physical. I'm told the contract is bigger than Crawford's 7 year/$142M deal.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 4, 2013
Ellsbury's signing may be directly related to Carlos Beltran receiving a three-year deal for $48 million earlier today. The Yankees had been heavily involved with free agent outfielders, including Beltran, Ellsbury, and Shin-Soo Choo. This almost certainly means that Curtis Granderson won't be returning next season. If Plan 189 is still in play, it could very much mean the end for Robinson Cano in New York, too. Hopefully that is not the case. Jeff Passan says, however, that the Yankees believe they have room for Ellsbury, Cano or Choo, and a starting pitcher, likely spelling the end of Plan 189.
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
In 134 games for the Red Sox last season, Ellsbury hit .298/.355/.426 with nine home runs. He finished 15th in MVP voting, though he finished second in the MVP vote after his career season in 2011.
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