This has all come out in the last 20 minutesor so, but apparently the Yankees and free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to a 7-year deal.
Jon Heyman first reported that the 2 sides were close, and it has since been confirmed by Mark Feinsand that it's a done deal pending a physical. No specifics on the dollar amount but Feinsand says it will be bigger than Carl Crawford's 7/$142 million deal with Boston a few years back.
I honestly don't know what to say here. I didn't see this coming and I don't think anybody did. More on the story as it comes out.
** UPDATE 7:44 PM- Multiple Yankee beat guys confirming Heyman's report that the deal is close but still not done. Feinsand now saying it's 7 years/$153 million. This is shocking to say the least. **
** UPDATE 7:54 PM- Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees have stated that they have no intention of trading Brett Gardner. If that's true, they'll have a hell of a defensive outfield. **
** UPDATE 8:04 PM- Via Bryan Hoch, there is an option for an 8th year that could bring the total value of the deal to $169 mil. I imagine that's for AAV/payroll purposes but I still don't like it. **
** UPDATE 11/4 7:41 AM- Via Heyman, the deal includes a full no-trade clause. That's 2 of those now for the 2 big signings. **
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