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For the Red Sox, the latest harsh reminder that baseball is a business came Tuesday night when they heard that Jacoby Ellsbury had jumped to the Yankees for $153 million.
Not only was their center fielder and leadoff hitter leaving, he was going to their rivals.
“For us, it was the biggest jolt since the end of the season,” manager John Farrell said Wednesday during an appearance on WEEI.
But it was not unexpected. Ellsbury steadfastly had refused all entreaties to sign an extension with the Red Sox and entered free agency at a time when baseball is awash in revenues.
That Ellsbury went to New York was a bit of a surprise. But if not the Yankees, it would have been another team.