NEW YORK – Jacoby Ellsbury may have won World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in October, but he will be donning a New York Yankees uniform come spring training 2014 according to reports coming out of New York Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday, December 3, Ellsbury and the Yankees tentatively agreed to a package that will bring the All-Star centerfielder to the Big Apple. The seven-year package worth $153 million will be the third largest for an outfielder in Major League Baseball history.
Pending a physical that should talk place to today, there will be a formal announcement in New York to seal the deal. The deal includes a no-trade clause and a one-year option that if exercised would bring the package to $169 million over the course of eight years.
In a September 2007 article the “New York Times” described the Ellsbury as a “cult hero” who brings “speed, improved defense, and unbridled enthusiasm.”
In 2011, Ellsbury came in second in the Most Valuable Player behind Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.
Ellsbury was born and raised in Madras, Oregon. He is a tribal member of the Colorado Indian Tribe. He is currently a Nike7 ambassador, a program that the Nike company to bring sport and all of its benefits to the American Indian and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. He is also on the advisory council of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth.