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.
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.