Former Red Sox champion Jacoby Ellsbury says goodbye to red and white and hello to navy blue as he joins the New York Yankees in a 7-year $153-million deal.
Ellsbury signed with the New York Yankees for the lengthy and pricey contract as the Yanks are looking for a more consistent season. Being one of the top center fielders in the league, Ellsbury will have a lot to prove as over the course of the past few years he has suffered major injuries.
In 2012, Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a major hit in his right shoulder after attempting to break up a double play by sliding into Tampa Bay Rays’ shortstop Reid Brignac. Brignac fell on top of Ellsbury and injured his shoulder which placed him on the DL list. That year, Ellsbury only played 74 games.
Last year, Ellsbury was injured again as he suffered a compression fracture after fouling a ball off of his right foot. Despite his injury, Ellsbury finished the season strong during the post season and led his team to winning the World Series.
After his long-time success with the Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury became a free agent for the first time in his career. He was quickly picked up by the New York Yankees for a lengthy 7-year contract with an option for an eighth year for an additional $16 million.
Jacoby Ellsbury has not made any public comments regarding the deal and his new team. One fact remains certain, the Red Sox are surely sad to see such a great and consistent player leave to join the Yankees.
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