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Ellsbury Sells Out, Signs with Yankees

jacoby-ellsbury-profileJacoby Ellsbury’s six-year stint with the Boston Red Sox has come to an end. Just last night, he completed a 7-year deal with the New York Yankees worth 153 million dollars.

Over the course of a month, the Mariners, Rangers, and the Cubs have all been potential suitors for the 30-year-old centerfielder. But it was Brian Cashman and the Yankees that swooped in to the snag the speedy leadoff bat.

I’ll be the first to admit that I never saw this coming, but at the end of the day, Scott Boras, Ellsbury’s agent, has always found ways to shake things up.

This deal really speaks to Ellsbury’s character more than anything. There were a variety of teams in need of a player like Jacoby Elsbury that would have been willing to pay the exact same amount of money for the exact same amount of years that the Yankees paid to sign him. This leads me to believe that he wanted to go to New York from the beginning.

However, Ellsbury cannot be blamed for taking the deal.

New York is the Mecca for everything dealing with endorsement deals and making money. I believe this is the real reason for Ellsbury going to New York. Do not be surprised when you begin to see Jacoby Ellsbury in Pepsi and Nike commercials over the course of the next couple years. The bottom line is, Jacoby Ellsbury was attracted to the galore of living in New York City, which speaks to his character and what is really on his mind after winning the World Series twice with the Red Sox; making as much money as he possibly can.

From the outside looking in, this seems to be a terrible situation for the Red Sox. I for one don’t believe it to be so.

The Red Sox, unlike the Yankees, are being smart and consistent with their goal.

Going into the offseason, the Red Sox have two things they need to address after last season: Bolstering the bullpen, and patching up the outfield.

Even though Koji Uehara emerged as the star that he eventually came to be, he was still a lucky break. The Red Sox had no idea that he was going to play as well as he did. He was the third string closer behind Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey, who pretty much robbed the Red Sox of the money that they paid them since they didn’t play more than a month for the length of their contracts.

The bottom line is the Red Sox need relief pitching and Ben Cherrington understands that.

In the current free agent market, there are a wide array of great closers and relief pitchers out there that would love to play for a blue collar Boston Red Sox team that has won three championships in the last 9 years. Competitive closers like the fiery Grant Balfour, Jason Motte, and Edward Mujica are waiting to be signed and the Red Sox have the money to do it.

Even though it feels like teams are making moves left and right, this is only the beginning.  The Winter Meetings are approaching so look for teams like the Red Sox, who haven’t been spending money ludicrously, to be on the lookout to make deals with free agents and other teams to bring some formidable talent for both the outfield and the bullpen.

So take a deep breath Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox will be fine, and they will be playoff contenders again in 2014.

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