The Major League baseball off-season has officially begun and the fantasy impacts are already being felt with some of the players traded and signed. This article will Discuss, Jacoby Ellsbury.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Signed By New York Yankees (formerly of the Boston Red Sox)
The Yankees made a huge purchase today, signing centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7 year, $253 million dollar contract. This not only hurts their rival the Boston Red Sox, but fills a major gap in the Yankees outfield. Clearly the Yankees are looking to improve the production that Curtis Granderson gave them and they can see that Ellsbury has unique power suited for Yankee Stadium. The problem I have with this deal is the 7 years and $21.8 million per year. Ellsbury is 30 years old and breaks down with injury quite often. In fact, he’s only played in 59% of the eligible games in his career, so paying a player $22 million who has only played in 6 out of 10 games is a risk. Furthermore, paying him that amount when he is 35 to 37 just seems crazy to me. I bet the folks over at William Hill Betting Offers won’t be taking bets on high value production from Jacoby Ellsbury at that point in his career.
The better half of this suits the Red Sox greatly. They didn’t have to shell out big bucks for a broken down star and instead will likely pursue a trade with the Dodgers for CF Matt Kemp or move Shane Victorino to centerfield and bring up their young prospect Jackie Bradley Jr, who is clearly ready for the big leagues. In the past, the Yankees have often got the better end of the deals with the Red Sox, but Red Sox management knows what they are doing. They are refusing the big contracts and going for production now and not mortgaging the future with fat contracts that produce very little on the field. Hats off the to the Red Sox for letting a stud like Jacoby Ellsbury walk.