Ellsbury reaches agreement on deal with Yankees
Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury reached agreement with the New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.
Ellsbury was to take a physical in New York today, the person said on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Ellsbury batted .298 with a major league-best 52 stolen bases in the 2013 regular season for the Boston Red Sox, and hit .344 in the postseason as the team won the World Series.
His departure could mean Boston’s Shane Victorino, a St. Anthony High School graduate, will move from right field to center next season. Victorino won a Gold Glove in right this year, and has earned the award three times while in center.
Also on Tuesday, seven-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann completed an $85 million, five-year contract with the Yankees.
McCann hit .256 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs this year – he missed the first month following offseason shoulder surgery.
Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, meanwhile, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.
The deal would be pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t finalized the agreement.
Pierzynski batted .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season with the Texas Rangers.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who batted a career-high .273 last season for Boston, has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Miami Marlins, two people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The people confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.