It’s official: Ellsbury’s a Yankee

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Marchand: Yankees will hold fifth starter competition in camp

The Yankees have officially signed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year contract, the team announced. The deal will pay him $148M over the seven years and includes a $21M club option ($5M buyout) for an eighth year, so the total guarantee is $153M. Ellsbury will be introduced during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

The 40-man roster is now full, so the Yankees will have to clear a spot when the Carlos Beltran deal becomes official. Given their glut of outfielders, Vernon Wells could very well get the axe.

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  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    The 40-man roster is now full, so the Yankees will have to clear a spot when the Carlos Beltran deal becomes official.

    cough Vernon cough

    • Dan

      You think they’ll make sure there’s an open spot for the rule 5 draft?

      • meatface

        I was wondering the same thing

  • Yankeefan91

    Wonder if the Yanks will introduce both jacoby and beltran together ?

  • vin

    Honestly, after the injuries hit, the biggest weakness the Yankees had last season was their utter lack of talent in the organization. Of course, most teams wouldn’t be able to overcome losing their C, 1B, SS, 3B, backup 3B/1B, LF, and various other injuries to the bench players.

    Replacing the likes of Stewart, Ichiro and Wells with Officer McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran is a major step in the right direction. Two of those guys were slated to start the year with the Yanks in 2013. The other was filling in for Curtis, but projected to be the 4th OFer. Adding Kelly Johnson is a nice upgrade as well.

    If I’m the Yankees, I’d use free agency to fill all the remaining holes – 2B, 3B (most likely), the rotation, and the bullpen. Free agency is the easiest (but most expensive) way to add talent to the roster. They don’t have the pieces in the minors to make too many substantial trades, so I say “keep on spending!”

    Reynolds, Infante, Tanaka (if posted) and a reliever should do the job. Maybe another 35 million to the payroll for next season? 189 is out the window anyway. Actually, I’d really like to see an update to the team’s projected 2014 payroll.

    • Dan

      I checked on Cot’s baseball contracts… They have the Yankees at about 173 I think, but that does not include any money potentially saved from the A-Rod suspension and it does not include the arbitration eligible and minor league players that are on the 40.

  • pat

    Hopefully he’s actually been taking a physical since last week and they inspected every bone in his body.

    • SDB

      Hopefully it’s not the same doctors who inspected Pineda.

  • Get Phelps Up (looking for a new name)

    Sterling’s HR call for him is going to be interesting. There isn’t anything obvious in his name like with McCann and Beltran.

    • UncleArgyle

      My money’s on “McCann goes Bam” & “Beltran goes DownTown”. Barf to both, but that’s my guess

      • Ethan

        McCann Can!

    • forensic

      Jacoby Ells-Buries it in the seats!

    • Darren

      “Hells Ells, there it goes! It’s a dingerBerry for Jacoby!

  • forensic

    Given their glut of outfielders, Vernon Wells could very well get the axe.

    Please, please, please!!!

    For some reason though, I’m not sure it’ll be that quick or easy. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I think it will be easy, just not quick. Cash will probably spend a month trying to get something for him.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        (After which point he “easily cuts him.”

  • Alex21

    I think they choose Friday to have time to get 2 or 3 more players to introduce all together.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    what’s the AAV now? 19,13 (153/8)? 21,86 (153/7)? Something else?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You beat me to it. Was gonna ask the same question.

      Or is it 148/7?