As Heyman wrote, "Ellsbury could fit in as the Giants' center fielder, whereas with the Yankees he seems destined to be the fourth outfielder, as Yankees people say they are going with Aaron Hicks in center field. Ellsbury lives in the Phoenix area, so the Giants' spring home in Scottsdale would be a plus for him, too."
"We ended with the current setup of [Aaron] Judge in right, Hicks in center and Gardy [Brett Gardner] in left for a reason," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in November of the team's outfield, per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "They were the best that we had. I think we would anticipate going in that way again."
Previous reports had indicated that Ellsbury would be unlikely to waive his no-trade clause, though the thought of spending the year as New York's fourth outfielder may change his tune.
Ellsbury, 34, hit .264 with seven homers, 39 RBI and 65 runs last season in 112 games, though a concussion cost him a chunk of the season. Hicks, meanwhile, hit .266 with 15 dingers and 52 RBI, establishing himself as a solid choice for center field going forward for the Yankees.
Certainly, New York would likely be comfortable moving the $63.3 million Ellsbury is due over the next three years (there is also a club option for the 2021 season worth $21 million), per Spotrac.com. Dealing him would offer the team more salary relief, especially as it tries to avoid getting hit with the luxury tax next season for the 16th straight year.
Landing Ellsbury, meanwhile, would represent quite the reshaping of the Giants lineup after the team traded for third baseman Evan Longoria on Wednesday.