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Ellsbury, Yankees agree on 7-year, $153m deal

Jacoby Ellsbury reacted after hitting a double in the fourth inning of Game Six of the World Series at Fenway.

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Jacoby Ellsbury reacted after hitting a double in the fourth inning of Game Six of the World Series at Fenway.

Red Sox fans have read this story before. A speedy center fielder popular with the fans becomes a free agent and decides to switch sides and sign a big contract with the hated Yankees.

Johnny Damon did it after the 2005 season and Jacoby Ellsbury followed the same template Tuesday night, agreeing with the Yankees on a seven-year deal worth $153 million, according to major league sources.

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Ellsbury, who became a free agent after the 2013 season, blossomed into a star in his seven years with the Red Sox. The fleet-footed center fielder won two World Series, captured three stolen base titles, and finished second in the 2011 MVP vote.

Ellsbury was scheduled to arrive in New York for a physical on Wednesday morning.

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