I was talking with my Dad on the phone and we were discussing some of the MLB trades and free agent signings made over the past couple of days. During the course of this conversation, my roommate Christopher drew my attention to his tablet which had this headline from the Boston Globe:
Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that Jacoby Ellsbury is the new Johnny Damon. For the second time in less than a decade, a Red Sox centerfielder has jumped ship to the Bronx. Ellsbury will now become Public Enemy #1 in Boston.
I knew Ellsbury wasn’t coming back to Boston in 2014, but I figured he would go home and sign with the Mariners. I didn’t see this coming.
Ellsbury is the Yankees’ second high profile off season free agent signing. Last month, former Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann signed a five-year, $85 million contract. In 2013, the Yankees missed the post-season for only the second time in 20 years. They are determined to get back.