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Jacoby Ellsbury to Yankees: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jacoby Ellsbury, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Boston Red Sox, agreed to a seven-year, $153 million contract with the arch-rival New York Yankees, MLB.com reported on Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Ellsbury Won Two World Series With the Red Sox

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Ellsbury won World Series championships with Boston in 2007 and 2013.


2. Ellsbury is Fast…Like Really Fast

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Ellsbury is one of the best athletes in all of baseball. In fact, the 30-year-old was the AL leader in stolen bases in 2008, 2009 and 2013. In 2011, he became the first Boston Red Sox player to join the 30/30 club (30 home runs, 30 steals in a single season).

3. Ellsbury Has Durability Concerns

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Injury concerns are the biggest issue with Ellsbury. The Oregon native missed a substantial amount of time with injuries during his tenure in Boston, including playing just 18 games in 2010 with multiple rib fractures.


4. Red Sox Will Receive Supplementary Draft Pick

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Since the Red Sox made a qualifying offer to Ellsbury, they will receive a supplementary draft pick – between the first and second rounds – from the Yankees, the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday.


5. Red Sox Need an Outfielder

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Ellsbury’s departure means the Red Sox need to replace him. Fortunately, there are a number of enticing options on the free agent market including Shin-Soo Choo and Curtis Granderson.

Rays Get Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell in Three-Team Trade

The Cincinnati Reds traded catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

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