Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reached agreement on a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.
The source confirmed a CBSSports.com report that Ellsbury's deal exceeds Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010.
Also, add another degree of spice to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, as the Yanks sign away another beloved Red Sox player. At this rate, the Yankees will field Derek Jeter, A-Rod and half the '04 Red Sox roster.
And going back to Cano...Jay-Z isn't really so good at this "agent" thing, is he?
(edited by It's False on 3.12.13 1758)
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What did the Yankees say was their top offer for Cano, $168 million over seven years? And then they turn around and give nearly that much to Ellsbury? Looks like the Yanks were just trying to play hardball with Cano, who is clearly worth a helluva lot more than an oft-injured center fielder with only two really good years to his name. The Ellsbury deal is going to look really bad when he loses his speed in two years or so.
Cano will still get his $200 million, it'll just be from the Nationals or a dark-horse team like Seattle or Toronto.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Playing for the Nationals doesn't seem like such a joke now. Well, right NOW it does, but maybe not so much next season. Now all they need are some free agent pickups. I hear Manny Ramirez might be available.