Jacoby Ellsbury has agreed to a contract with the New York Yankees for 7 years, $153 million

Red Sox fans have no reason to be upset about Ellsbury heading to the Bronx

12/4/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsFree agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the latest star to switch from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, after signing a 7 year deal with the Yankees worth $153 million.

The Red Sox were reportedly offering no more than $100 million over 5 years, so the Yankees' offer dwarfed theirs.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner was polite in his comments to Ellsbury when he heard about the deal:
"Jacoby was a great player while he was with us. He helped us win two world championships, and he was a pleasure to watch offensively and defensively. I wish him the best."

Many Red Sox fans aren't quite so kind, referring to Ellsbury as a traitor, and often a 'trader.' Check out Deadspin's list of tweets from many Sox fans who probably won't be submitting applications to Mensa anytime soon.

This is a great deal for Ellsbury. There is no doubt about that. His average salary in this deal is about $21.8 million. To put that in perspective, he made $20.8 million TOTAL from 2008-2013 with the Red Sox.

As angry as some Red Sox fans are, this is actually great for the Red Sox. They weren't going to sign Ellsbury anyway, and he understandably took the best offer on the table. You know… just like any of us would do if we weren't under contract and we were offered 50% more money than our current employer was offering.

The Red Sox absolutely got their money's worth out of Ellsbury. For around $21 million total, they got one MVP caliber season, a few more great seasons, and he contributed towards two World Series championships.

Will the Yankees get their money's worth out of THIS deal? To be honest, it's highly unlikely. Particularly when Ellsbury starts to get older and slow down a bit later in this deal, it could look like an albatross.

The worst part of this for the Yankees is that it could seriously hinder their pursuit of Robinson Cano, since he's looking for huge money as well. He and his agents are asking for $300 million, while the Yankees are reportedly refusing to go over $175 million.

It's rumored that Seattle will be willing to shell out $200 million for Cano, so his departure could be a huge loss for the Yankees, even with the addition of Ellsbury.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox still have several options for center field. They have prospect Jackie Bradley, Jr. in Pawtucket, who has been groomed as Ellsbury's replacement for a few years now. Other options include former Yankee Curtis Granderson and former Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

The Red Sox will be better off without paying Ellsbury this monster contract, and the Yankees will likely regret it in the long run, even as good as Ellsbury is at the moment. He took the best deal for him, and all sides should be relatively happy that it worked out this way. Yes, even Red Sox fans.
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12/4/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Pat wrote:
I'm not really thrilled with that move, but it looks like they just wanted a short-term option to bridge the gap until Christian Vazquez (possibly late 2014/early 2015) and Blake Swihart (likely 2016) are ready. They're both highly touted catching prospects, and the Sox didn't want to commit to Salty for more than 2 years, knowing that those guys are on their way up.

Personally, I would have been fine if they stuck with Ryan Lavarnway and David Ross, and then spent the money elsewhere.

And hopefully we see more of Ross behind the plate than last year. He was a wizard with Lester.

12/4/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

No issue with Ells taking the best deal possible, whether it was NY or Japan for that matter. The team is looking out for what is best for them and Boras was looking out for what was best for him and his client. I wish Ellsbury the best and will remember the difference maker he was while on the field. Unfortunately Jacoby is on the wrong side of 30 for a deal like that to be worthwhile to a team. The Yankees better hope they can keep him on the field.

12/4/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Don't really know the plus/minus of Ellsbury from either team's perspective, instead the news I was shocked at was Salty leaving to go to Florida Marlins.  AJ Pierzynski, really?

I'm not really thrilled with that move, but it looks like they just wanted a short-term option to bridge the gap until Christian Vazquez (possibly late 2014/early 2015) and Blake Swihart (likely 2016) are ready. They're both highly touted catching prospects, and the Sox didn't want to commit to Salty for more than 2 years, knowing that those guys are on their way up.

Personally, I would have been fine if they stuck with Ryan Lavarnway and David Ross, and then spent the money elsewhere.

12/4/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Don't really know the plus/minus of Ellsbury from either team's perspective, instead the news I was shocked at was Salty leaving to go to Florida Marlins.  AJ Pierzynski, really?