The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal worth $153 million and the internet has opinions about that! Here are some of the reactions to the Yankees picking up one of the best outfielders on the free agent market earlier this evening.
Feel free to leave your reactions to the signing in the comments below.
#Yankees official: we have no intention of trading Gardner. Says still room for Cano, but window closing— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 4, 2013
Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury might be able to catch 98% of anything hit to the outfield, which is promising. Having the window closing on Cano, however, is not. The Yankees made it clear they weren't going to wait on him and this may very well be them proving that. Are they really ready to say goodbye to their best player?
Yanks basically in the "shopping spree once every five years" model— The Thought Leader (@yagottagotomo) December 4, 2013
After a near silent offseason last year, it is a little refreshing to see the Yankees realizing once again that it helps to actually sign people. It brings back memories of bringing in CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett all at once. If they are going for a trio again, who will be number three?
Mike Trout is now on schedule to get his own space program if he hits free agency in 2018.— MJ Lloyd (@MnkysThrwngDrts) December 4, 2013
Mike Trout is likely destined to be MLB's first $300 million player, right? Is there any way he stays with the Angels with that kind of money out there? If hoping that the Yankees are willing to open their wallets when that time comes is wrong, no one should want to be right.
#yankees are the winter leaders to this point. plenty more to go tho. suggestion is, they have room for yet another big one— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 4, 2013
Another big move! Yankees apparently do big offseasons in threes. The team still has plenty of holes to fill, particularly if Cano goes elsewhere. Masahiro Tanaka is also a near must at this point. Sounds like goodbye to Plan 189.
Talking to evaluators, consensus on Ellsbury is simple: Seven years is a long time, but Ellsbury is hell of a player when healthy. #analysis— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) December 4, 2013
That's kind of a big if! Everyone will be holding their breath hoping that Ellsbury can be the player who hit 30 home runs a few seasons ago. Maybe the short porch will help?
One theme Yankees discussed going into off-season was "striking quickly" to get deals done. So far, that's exactly what they've done.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 4, 2013
Quickly is no joke. Both this deal and the McCann deal felt like they happened in seconds after rumors began to fly. Ninja Cashman doing Ninja Cashman things.
The Yankees give out options like a 1990s tech start-up.— Long Time Listener (@ltl27) December 4, 2013
You get an option and you get an option and you get an option!
We asked our Twitter followers what they thought of the signing. Here's how they responded:
@pinstripealley it was an overpay but i'm really excited for Jon Sterling's home run call— Jorge de la cruz (@ElCruzter55) December 4, 2013
Any guesses on what it'll be?
Well, there's one thing we can all get behind.
@pinstripealley I'm ok with it if Cano and Tanaka are next.— Joshua Welge (@jwelge96) December 4, 2013
@pinstripealley If Plan 189 is out of the window, then celebrate, we're going for it. If not, then despair for the probable loss of Cano.— Jack Watson (@jw_39) December 4, 2013
There were a lot of people who were only ready to like the deal if it meant more moves, particularly one involving signing Cano, were coming. Filling outfield needs were only one piece the Yankees needed with second base, third base, and starting pitching still concerns. Hopefully the team is willing to do what is necessary to fill those spots.
What do you think of the Ellsbury signing?
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