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First, it was Johnny Damon. Now, another longtime Red Sox center fielder is going to the Yankees. Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees on a 7-year deal, according to ESPN. The deal is reportedly for more money than the $142 million deal that Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox after the 2010 season.
Ellsbury hit .298/.355/.426 with 9 home runs and 53 RBI last year for the World Series Champion Red Sox. He scored 92 runs and stole a league-high 52 bases in 56 attempts.
But, Ellsbury turned 30 in September. Are his best days behind him? Only time will tell.
In addition to Ellsbury, the Yankees also signed catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year deal. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to retain Robinson Cano, who is known to be seeking a deal north of $200 million.