CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to mention the possibility and now Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has the deal confirmed.
The Yankees have officially reached agreement on a seven-year contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The total value of the deal will exceed the seven-year, $142 million pact that Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2011 season.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says this Ellsbury contract does not preclude the Yankees from being able to re-sign Robinson Cano, but it certainly puts the pressure on Cano’s new representatives at Roc Nation Sports.
Ellsbury, 30, hit .298/.355/.426 with nine homers and 52 steals in 134 games this past season for the World Series-champion Red Sox. The Scott Boras client will likely lead off and play center field in New York.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m. ET: Ellsbury’s seven-year deal is worth $153 million, according to Feinsand.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m. ET: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that there’s an eighth-year option.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.