There are a lot of shocked and upset baseball fans out there tonight. Namely, the Boston Red Sox fans and any other team who thought they stand even the smallest of shots of signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
That ship has sailed.
It was reported tonight that Ellsbury has agreed to a $153 million, 7-year deal with the New York Yankees. Ellsbury has been considered one of the top free agents this offseason and was pursued by several teams, including the San Francisco Giants who have a large gap to fill in the outfield. Personally, I never saw Sabean pulling off Ellsbury, but a lot of Giants fans were holding on to hope.
Ellsbury has been been pursued by his old Red Sox team, and it is believed the Mariners and Giants were among other teams to show interest. Boston is believed to have offered about $100 million to Ellsbury in spring training, but presumably bumped that a bit after he helped the team win another title, the second one in his time in Boston.
Ellsbury is coming off his second World Series Championship with the Red Sox. He hit .298 in 2013 with 52 RBIs and nine home runs.
As expected, the outrage in Boston is, well, I’ll just let you decide for yourselves.
And then my personal favorite.