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.
The men in blue. Although it often looks black, yes? They still wear blue sometimes though so it probably doesn’t matter. Let’s just call ’em the baseball cops and not worry too much about what they’re wearing.
Here are the baseball cops for the 2019 World Series: Alan Porter, Doug Eddings, Gary Cederstrom, James Hoye,
Lance Barksdale, Sam Holbrook, and Jim Wolf.
Cederstrom is the Crew Chief and will have second base in tonight’s Game 1, after which they rotate as they always do.
Wolf will serve as the Replay Official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Porter, the home plate umpire for Game One, will shift to Replay Official duties from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be regular season crew chief Jerry Meals.
The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away over the weekend. The patch will say “Coop.”