We’ve seen this before; a popular Red Sox center fielder whose game is predicated on speed signs with the arch-rival Yankees. One’s gut reaction says this is exactly like the Johnny Damon situation in 2005, but if you put all the emotional muck aside, this is quite different.
If over these past three years you thought that Jacoby Ellsbury was returning to Boston, you are, quite frankly, delusional. Ellsbury is a mercenary, much in the same way as Jonathan Papelbon, who has always wanted to chase the money. You do not need to look any further than his agent, Scott Boras, to see where his allegiances lie. In the end, Ellsbury ended up with a 7-year, $153 million deal with New York. The fact that it was the Yankees who paid the most should not be a shock because the Yankees will be the Yankees (even when they say they are going to cut back on spending). It happened and the sooner we come to terms with that the better. The question is now: what next? Continue reading Jacoby Ellsbury Signed with the Yankees: Now What? »
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