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The biggest splash the Yankees have made this offseason was in signing center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury away from the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
The seven-year deal, worth $153 million, is enormous and is about two years and $40 million-50 million more than I would have been comfortable spending.
There is no questioning Ellsbury's talent, as he might be one of the best players in baseball and a true game-changer.
Capable of hitting over 20 home runs in Yankee Stadium and of stealing 70 bases, he is a diverse leadoff hitter. Ellsbury also provides a stellar defensive center field. Combining him with Brett Gardner will cut off several balls hit into the gaps.
The issue with Ellsbury is his ability to stay healthy. Twice in the past four seasons, he has played in less than 100 games.
Even last season, in what was considered a great year for him, Ellsbury missed nearly 30 games.
It is a huge investment the Yankees are making in a guy who relies on his legs to be effective. The best the Yanks can hope for is that he remains relatively healthy in the first few years of his deal.
If he doesn't, this signing could turn out to be one of their worst.