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Red Sox stars that went to the Yankees

Jacoby Ellsbury is now a Yankee, after agreeing to a seven-year contract Tuesday and ending his seven-year tenure in Boston. He becomes the latest high-profile player to go directly from the Red Sox to the Yankees. A look at the other five biggest names to make the leap, and how they fared after donning pinstripes:

Babe Ruth

Red Sox: 6 seasons

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Yankees: 15 seasons

Departed in 1920, age 25

PURCHASED FOR $100,000

After selling him, the Red Sox would go without a title until 2004. Ruth hit 659 of his 714 home runs with New York.

Wade Boggs

Red Sox: 11 seasons

Yankees: 5 seasons

Departed in 1993, age 35

SIGNED AS FREE AGENT

After posting a .338 average for Boston, Boggs hit .313 for New York. He earned a title — and a celebratory ride on a police horse.

Johnny Damon

Red Sox: 4 seasons

Yankees: 4 seasons

Departed in 2006, age 32

SIGNED AS FREE AGENT

Beloved member of the ’04 Sox team, Damon won another title in 2009 and hit a career-high 24 homers twice with New York.

Luis Tiant

Red Sox: 8 seasons

Yankees: 2 seasons

Departed in 1979, age 38

SIGNED AS FREE AGENT

Tiant’s best years were behind him when he joined New York, but he won 21 games in two seasons.

Sparky Lyle

Red Sox: 5 seasons

Yankees: 7 seasons

Departed in 1972, age 27

TRADED FOR 2 PLAYERS

Effective for Boston as a young reliever, Lyle blossomed as a Yankee. He saved 141 games and won a Cy Young Award.

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