Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury agree to seven-year, $153m deal

The Yankees and free agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to a seven-year contract worth $153 million (Heyman, Feinsand).

The completion of a deal is pending a physical (Crasnick).

The Yankees intend to continue pursuing a deal with Robinson Cano, even if they complete a deal with Ellsbury (Brown).

Michael Baron, Contributor

This can only help the Mets, who were an unlikely suitor for Ellsbury anyway. Signing Ellsbury could take them out of the running and diminishing the markets for Curtis Granderson, Nelson Cruz, and Carlos Beltran, as there could be one less landing spot for each of them. I also wonder how this impacts their pursuit of Robinson Cano. Of course, it’s the Yankees, they’re coming off a difficult season and are being very aggressive early, so we will see what ultimately happens…