It was a dreadful year for the boys in pinstripes, and they’re looking to add some firepower to their line-up for the upcoming 2014 season. After securing catcher Brian McCann and signing him to a 5yr/$85mil contract last week, the Yanks are turning to a former arch-nemesis to assist them in their quest for another championship. The organization announced that they have signed a blockbuster deal with outfielder Jason Ellsbury (pending a physical).
Ellsbury, who played for the Boston Red Sox last year, reportedly inked a seven year contract worth $153 million which goes through the 2020 season. Ellsbury’s agent Scott Boras says that there’s an option for an eighth year which could raise the total amount of the agreement to approximately $169 million. Ellsbury is coming off a season in which he batted .298 and stole a Major League leading 52 bases, but it was nowhere near the terrific season he had in 2011, when he batted .321 with a career-high 32 home runs and 105 RBIs, earning his only All-Star selection and a Gold Glove Award in center field.
The Yankees are crossing their fingers in hopes of him pulling off another campaign like that, as they have already spent $238 million on both free agents, and are currently still in the negation process with Robinson Cano, who is rumored to be asking for a 10yr/$305 mil from the team. The new deal also makes Ellsbury the third highest paid outfielder in MLB history and fourth highest paying contract in the Yankees organization.
Source: ESPN NY