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Red Sox fans have read this story before. A popular and speedy center fielder becomes a free agent and decides to switch sides in baseball’s most heated rivalry, agreeing to a big contract with the hated Yankees.
Johnny Damon did it in 2005 and Jacoby Ellsbury followed the same template Tuesday night, coming to terms with the Yankees on a seven-year deal worth $153 million, according to major league sources.
Ellsbury was scheduled to arrive in New York for a physical Wednesday morning. The contract includes a $16 million option for 2021.