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Jacoby Ellsbury ended his Red Sox career last night by agreeing to a rich, seven-year deal worth $153 million deal with the Yankees.
Now the Red Sox must find a replacement for him, and they are taking a close look at free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, according to a source familiar with their thinking. The Red Sox believe Choo is more durable than Ellsbury, they prefer his on-base percentage over Ellsbury —at .389, it’s nearly 40 points higher than Ellsbury’s career OBP — and they recognize that he has more power than Ellsbury. With Jackie Bradley Jr. ready to play the center field position but not hit leadoff, the club could opt to move Shane Victorino to center field and play Choo in right field.
Everyone's initial reaction involved the words "Johnny Damon" when news initally broke about this deal, including myself. After letting it marinate overnight, it's no where near a Damon situation. The Sox weren't going to come close to this type of deal for Ellsbury. At best, they would've gone for a five year deal in the $80-$100M range but not a seven or potentially eight year deal.
Plus the only thing we're surprised about is that the Yankees really paid THAT much for him. It was widely assumed he was gone after the year and many of us were hoping that they would trade him during the season to get something in return for him.
I'm curious as to what the Yankees will do with Brett Gardner now with Jacoby in town. Gardner is a poor man's Jacoby on a poor man's salary. They can't do what the Sox did with Ellsbury & Victorino with Derek Jeter needing to be at the top of the order. He's suddenly trade bait for them.
Speaking of Jeter, does Jacoby have the balls to ask for #2 from the Yankee shortstop?
As for the Sox, well if the Sox want to bring in Chin-Soo Choo to play right field, that's perfect. Choo would be a great fit and give the team some power from the left side of the plate, which would be a nice little boost since all we have left in that department is David Ortiz. Or worst case scenario, Jackie Bradley Jr. would suffice and we can manage his growing pains.
Anyways, thanks to Jacoby for all that he's done here. I'm glad you got that massive contract. I'm also glad that I don't have to worry about your health anymore. I'm already looking forward to the panic Yankees fans will have when you tweak your ankle trying to climb up the wall in right center.
Rest of the Links: Globe: Jacoby to sign with Yankees | Deal proves Ellsbury a mercenary | Ellsbury's departure good news for Sox fans | Thanks for the memories, Jacoby | Herald: Goodbye Jacoby, welcome back rivalry | Sox turn to Pierzynski, Ross for one year | Ellsbury to Yankees | CSNNE: It's 08 redux for Yankees | Yanks overpaid | Bard non-tendered by Cubs | WEEI: Sox, Salty discussed two-year, $18 million deal | Sox unlikely to go to three years on Beltran | Sox "a ways off" from Yankees offer to Jacoby