Report: Jacoby Ellsbury agrees to deal with Yankees
Free agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees have agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal, according to New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand.
The deal is pending a physical. Yahoo! Sports reported the deal includes an option for an eighth year that could bring the total to $169 million.
The Red Sox will receive a compensatory draft pick from the Yankees because Boston tendered a qualifying offer to Ellsbury when he became a free agent after the World Series.
Ellsbury has spent his entire seven-year major league career in Boston. He has a career batting average of .297 with 65 home runs, 314 RBIs and 241 stolen bases.
He was drafted by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2005 draft.
Earlier Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the sides were in “serious talks” and “it is believed the deal would exceed Carl Crawford’s $142 million, seven-year deal.”
Previously, Heyman reported the Nationals had joined a field of teams interested in Ellsbury that already included the Mariners, Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, Phillies, Astros, and Mets . According to Heyman, one team interested in Ellsbury said agent Scott Boras set Crawford's deal as a benchmark to begin contract discussions.
The Red Sox signed Crawford to the deal in December of 2010, but traded him in August of 2012 to the Dodgers after he did not live up to expectations.