Jacoby Ellsbury, one of the top free-agent talents on the open market, has reportedly signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees.
New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand had the news:
Feinsand added more detail:
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch notes that there's an option for an eighth year as well:
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports had differing information on the money and provided more details on clauses built into the deal:
Boston Globe reporter Pete Abraham offered additional info:
As for how this will impact the Yankees' payroll and the luxury tax, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports had the specifics:
The veteran center fielder is coming off one of his best—and most healthy—seasons in recent years, capped off with an epic World Series victory.
In 134 games during the 2013 campaign, Ellsbury compiled a batting average of .298, an on-base percentage of .355 and a slugging percentage of .426.
He had 172 hits and 53 RBI in that same span, along with a respectable nine home runs and an eye-popping 52 stolen bases.
The seven-year pro is probably best known for his elite speed, allowing him to cover ground in the outfield and steal bases with ease. He’s also one of the game’s best leadoff men and proved that he can come back from injury in a big way this year.
Ellsbury's best season in the majors came in 2011, when he captured both the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards, plus made the All-Star team.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington discussed Ellsbury and the market for his services on Wednesday (via Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com):
While the Yankees will be hoping that he can stay healthy—something that hasn’t exactly been a given during Ellsbury’s career—he should make an immediate impact at the top of the lineup, as a baserunner and in the outfield.
With career totals of 865 hits, 314 RBI, 241 stolen bases and 65 home runs, the 30-year-old Ellsbury has already put together a stellar body of work and only promises to build on that in New York.