17. Jacoby Ellsbury signs with Yankees
Well we knew he was gone. But this was Johnny Damon deja-vu all over again. Jacoby Ellsbury was a home-grown Red Sox product that never really seemed at home in Boston. And when his contract was up at the end of the 2013 season – and with two World Series rings on his resume – it was just a matter of time before he signed on the dotted line to play anywhere but Boston. But not many had him landing in New York to play center field for the dreaded Yankees for a whopping $153 million over seven years. Ells scooped up that deal faster than a one-hop ground ball to center.
Now we watch. We watch to see if Jackie Bradley, Jr. can handle a bat in the big leagues as Ellsbury’s replacement in Boston. And the majority of Red Sox Nation will be watching the Bronx Bombers more closely next season, openly rooting for Ellsbury to fail in New York. Stay tuned.