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Red Sox not exactly fretting about replacing Jacoby Ellsbury

Ben Cherington (above) said he’d feel good if Jackie Bradley Jr. ends up in center field.
Ben Cherington (above) said he’d feel good if Jackie Bradley Jr. ends up in center field.Credit: file/Stephan Savoia/associated press

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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.

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