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.Which was precisely what Scott Boras, Ellsbury's agent, was looking for.
According to multiple reports, the deal will pay Ellsbury $153 million over seven years and includes an option for an eighth year that could increase the overall value of the contract to $169 million. Ellsbury's deal exceeds Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010.
For those who don't remember what Shank said about Ellsbury during spring training, it's right here:
Jacoby Ellsbury is the greatest flight risk in the history of baseball. There is no way he will be playing for the Red Sox next spring.
I’d bet my hair on it.
I tell him so in the clubhouse at JetBlue Park.
“Everybody knows you are gone,’’ I say. “If you’re still here next year, I’ll shave my head.’’
“Go for it,’’ says Ellsbury.
No problem. My hair is safe. Like everybody else around here, I know there is no chance Ellsbury will be with the Red Sox next year.