According to reports, the New York Yankees and free agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to a seven-year deal worth approximately $150 million.
Ellsbury, 30, hit .298 with 52 stolen bases in 134 games for the World Series champion Red Sox in 2013. The 2011 all-star has dealt with injuries in the past, playing in more than 100 games during three of the last five seasons.
The Yankees signing of Ellsbury all but eliminates any chance of Curtis Granderson returning to the club. Granderson is set to meet with the Mets in the next couple of days. Carlos Beltran, also thought of to be a possible target for the Yankees, may end up signing in Kansas City with the Royals. There are tenitive reports that the Yankees may also be interested in signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.
Ellsbury should be expected to play center field. Stay tuned to NJ Baseball Magazine for more updates.