BOSTON - APRIL 06: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox heads to first base in the first inning against the New York Yankees. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Hide Caption

AP Source: Yanks, Ellsbury reach $153M, 7-yr deal

a a a a
Share this story

NEW YORK (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night.

Ellsbury is the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees' offseason rebuilding after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The center fielder was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday that he must pass before the deal can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The Yankees also had been negotiating with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who like Ellsbury is represented by agent Scott Boras.

Earlier Tuesday, New York finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with All-Star catcher Brian McCann.

There is a long history of stars moving from Beantown to the Big Apple during their careers. Babe Ruth was the most famous, and Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Johnny Damon followed.

Ellsbury, who turned 30 in September, led the majors with 52 stolen bases despite being hobbled late in the season by a broken right foot. The lefty-hitting leadoff man batted .298 with nine homers and 53 RBIs, and the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium should boost his power numbers.

Ellsbury's deal includes a $21 million option for the 2021 season, with a $5 million buyout. If the option is exercised, the deal would be worth $169 million over eight years.

His agreement may not be finalized this week, and it's possible he could be introduced by the Yankees during a news conference at the winter meetings next week in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The move would raise the Yankees' luxury tax payroll to about $138 million for 10 players. The Yankees hope to get under the $189 million tax threshold next season, which includes about $177 million for salaries for the 40-man roster and approximately $12 million for benefits.

New York also has been speaking with the agents for Robinson Cano, their All-Star second baseman. The Yankees, who rebuffed his request for a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million, believe he has been in talks with the Seattle Mariners.

Ellsbury won a pair of World Series titles with the Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2011, when he finished second to Detroit's Justin Verlander in AL MVP voting. He has reached the postseason four times and is a career .301 hitter in those 38 games.

After their playoff absence, the Yankees are undergoing a major transformation. Closer Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are retiring, Phil Hughes is leaving to sign with Minnesota and New York appears to be making little effort to retain outfielder Curtis Granderson.

McCann, a seven-time All-Star, is to be introduced at a news conference Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

He receives $17 million in each of the next five seasons, and the Yankees have a $15 million option for 2019 with no buyout. The option becomes McCann's if he has at least 1,000 plate appearances combined in 2017 and 2018, has at least 90 starts at catcher in 2018 and does not end the 2018 season on the disabled list.

His deal includes a full no-trade provision, meaning he cannot be dealt without his consent.

McCann, who turns 30 in February, hit .256 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs in 102 games this year, when he missed the first month following offseason surgery on his right shoulder. He has a .277 average in nine big league seasons with 176 homers and 661 RBIs.

Following the departure of Russell Martin last offseason, Yankees catchers combined for a .213 average, eight homers and 43 RBIs, according to STATS, down from .220, 22 and 64 in 2012.

"We feel we have made a significant improvement to a key position, while adding a high-character presence to our clubhouse," Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "Our work this offseason has just begun, but we feel this is an important step towards what will be an exciting and rewarding 2014 season for our fans."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Sports News
Cincinnati Bengals 2014 schedule is here!
Cincinnati Bengals 2014 schedule is here!

Are you ready for some football? The 2014 Bengals full schedule is now here!  

Reds add big moments to Wrigley's 100 years
Reds add big moments to Wrigley's 100 years

As baseball fans celebrated the 100 th birthday of Wrigley Field, three Reds greats must have been smiling.

DJ, the critic, says: Go see 'Draft Day'
DJ, the critic, says: Go see 'Draft Day'

Dusting off my critic's pen —acknowledging I haven't always called them right —I highly recommend going to see the movie…

Jeff Ruby sues ex-Cardinal Edmonds over name
Jeff Ruby sues ex-Cardinal Edmonds over name

Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby is suing former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds over the name of the Precinct, a restaurant he co-owns in…

What baseball team has the cheapest beer?
What baseball team has the cheapest beer?

With the summer heat coming, many baseball fans will be reaching for their favorite brew to keep cool. However, Cincinnati Reds fans may be…

Dalton now comparing himself with NFL's best QBs
Dalton now comparing himself with NFL's best QBs

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton used to shy away from the comparisons. That's changed with his negotiations over a contract extension.

Cueto, Reds ease by struggling Pirates 4-1
Cueto, Reds ease by struggling Pirates 4-1

Johnny Cueto tossed his second 3-hitter against Pittsburgh in a week and became the first Red to toss consecutive complete games since 2012.

Bengals announce preseason schedule
Bengals announce preseason schedule

The Bengals' 2014 preseason schedule includes home games against the Jets and Colts and road games with the Chiefs and Cardinals.

Kentucky star Julius Randle to enter NBA draft
Kentucky star Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

Freshman forward Julius Randle will leave Kentucky after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five…

Reditorial Cartoon: Roller coaster first 3 weeks
Reditorial Cartoon: Roller coaster first 3 weeks

The highs, the lows, the "what the hecks?!" of being a Reds fan so far during the 2014 season.