Jacoby Ellsbury will switch sides in the New York-Boston rivalry like many a star before him in 2014, this time donning pinstripes instead of red socks. The Yankees have signed the former Boston Red Sox Outfielder to a 7-year deal worth an estimated 150 million dollars, pending a physical.
Ellsbury’s career has been a mixed bag of success bookended by injury.
In 2011 as a 27-year old, Ellsbury smacked 32 homers while hitting a cool .321, leading many Red Sox fans to anoint him the next Carl Yastrzemski, but with speed. Then 2012 happened.
Jacoby struggled with injuries the entire 2012 season, limiting him to only 78 games. While he didn’t hit atrociously in his abbreviated season, the Red Sox simply stunk without his presence in the lineup, finishing last in the AL East. Continue reading
Brian McCann just signed with the Yankees to play as catcher from 2014-2018. $85 Million was mixed into the deal to complete a well-signed contract for the 7x All-Star.
McCann was signed for 5 seasons, $85M, and an option for 2019 – extra $15M.
After the unexpected Kinsler-Fielder trade Wednesday night between the Detroit Tigers and the Rangers, the Rangers have recieved a power-hitter to strengthen their offense to cover the primary first base position.
The Rangers have been looking at other guys to sign for a 2nd Catcher, Designated Hitter, Left Fielder, and Closer.
The Rangers were very much looking at the ex-Brave to fill for their 2nd Catcher spot after signing Geovany Soto to a 1-year deal as their primary catcher, and to strengthen their offense they needed McCann behind the plate, and at-bat. Continue reading