The New York Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury are reportedly close to a seven-year deal worth around $150 million. On an already outrageous day in MLB, the deal is a surprise to some because of the Yankees’ pursuit of Robinson Cano.
Ellsbury’s deal could be worth more than what Carl Crawford signed for with the Boston Red Sox in 2011 ($142 million). The deal also puts Cano’s future with the Yankees in jeopardy. Cano has been wanting more than $200 million and with the Ellsbury signing, it does not look like that is going to happen. Cano will have to bring his asking price down if he wants to be on a team that has contender written all over it, at least on paper.
In seven years with the Red Sox, Ellsbury has batted .297/.350/.439 with 65 home runs and 314 RBIs. Ellsbury has also stolen 241 bases, including a league-leading 52 last season. His consistent injuries are a concern, especially for a team that was marred with them last season. If Ellsbury can stay healthy along with the rest of the lineup, New York has put itself back into World Series talk.
New York may back off Cano due to the high salary that the team is going to pay Ellsbury. However, it could make Cano drop his asking price because of what New York will put on the field on Opening Day in 2014. New York is not going to let Cano go easily, but it makes you wonder what the feeling is around the organization about him.