Since his breakout run as a rookie in 2007 that was pivotal in winning a World Series championship, Jacoby Ellsbury has been one of the key players for the Red Sox over the past seven seasons.
However, that run officially ended Friday when he was introduced as a member of the New York Yankees at a news conference at Yankee Stadium. Ellsbury became a free agent after the World Series and agreed to a seven-year contract with the Yankees worth $153 million.
“I’m proud to be a New York Yankee,” Ellsbury said.
“From the get go, the Yankees showed a great interest and showed that they really wanted me,” Ellsbury said. “I always enjoyed playing here [in New York], I love the tradition, the fans, it will be nice having them on my side now, but [it’s] just a great place to be, [I’m] honored to be here, and I’m excited.”
Ellsbury becomes the latest in a list of players who have jumped from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Johnny Damon made a similar switch in 2005 after winning a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004. Wade Boggs, Babe Ruth and Luis Tiant also went straight from Boston to the Bronx.
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