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Reports: Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury to sign with Yankees

Dec. 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees struck a blockbuster deal with free agent Jacob Ellsbury, MLB.com said Tuesday night.

The New York Daily News and MLB.com reported the deal was done pending a physical for Ellsbury, who was a fan favorite and mainstay of the rival Boston Red Sox.

A source told MLB.com the 30-year-old Ellsbury's new contract would guarantee him $153 million through 2020 with an option for an eighth year.

Ellsbury should re-energize the Yankees' offense. He hit .298 for the World Series champion Red Sox last season with nine home runs, 53 RBI and an American League-leading 52 stolen bases. He is a lifetime .297 hitter since breaking in with the Red Sox in 2007.

Ellsbury is also a strong defensive player who will likely play left field with Alfonso Soriano in right and Brett Gardner in center.

The defection would leave Boston in search of a leadoff batter and left fielder.

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