There are rumors floating around that free agent and former Red Sock Jacoby Ellsbury will be signed by a New York team soon, and presumably, he will land in pinstripes.
Ellsbury is rumored to be arriving in New York tomorrow for a physical, multiple sources confirm to Bronxpinstripes.com. With Carlos Beltran leaning towards signing with the Royals and Robinson Cano‘s status up in the air, the Yankees are turning their attention to other big name free agents. Due to Ellsbury’s injury history, the physical may just end up being preliminary – or, things could be further along than we thought.
Ellsbury, 30, hit .298/.355/.426 last season with nine homers and 53 RBI. He’s a prolific basestealer, having swiped 52 bags in 2013, and 314 in his seven-year career. Ellsbury is considered to be the second biggest name on the free agent market, behind Cano – and will most certainly come at a hefty price tag; after all, his agent is Scott Boras.
Ellsbury has had trouble staying healthy, which is bad news for a guy who is dependent on his legs. However, when he’s right, he’s one of the top outfielders in the game. His lefty swing would translate well into Yankee Stadium, as his power would likely increase. The Yankees lost some pop now that Curtis Granderson appears to be looking elsewhere.
The Yankees came in to the offseason looking to make some splashes. Having already signed Brian McCann, the addition of Jacoby Ellsbury would make waves.
Breaking: From an reliable source, Jacoby Ellsbury will be signed by a NY team in the next coming days