Word has it the Sox offered Ellsbury “only” $80 million over five years, which is $16 million per, compared the $21.8 million per with two more years of “security.”
You can’t blame Ellsbury for his decision. Most people, particularly those that don’t connect with their employers and their region, would do the exact same thing.
I believe Ellsbury and the Red Sox knew this day was coming a few years ago and they never fought it, which is why he rather quietly went to the Yankees.
Will the Red Sox rue the day they didn’t overpay, a wee bit, for Ellsbury?
The Red Sox appear to have several Plan B’s in place, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Shane Victorino or even the interesting Curtis Granderson, who would fit the Red Sox mold (very good clubhouse guy), though some might question his hunger for winning.
Whatever the case, one of the most popular Red Sox players is gone and quite frankly few people are surprised or upset.
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Burt's connection with Ellsbury Eagle-Tribune sports editor Bill Burt's first-ever story, about a high school football game between North Andover and Pentucket, appeared in The Eagle-Tribune on Sept. 11, 1983, the same day Jacoby Ellsbury was born.