BOSTON (CBS) – Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a free agent no more.
The former Red Sox star agreed to terms on a 7-year $153 million deal with the division rival New York Yankees.
The guys on the Felger & Massarotti show all knew this day would come, having predicted for years now that the female fan favorite would go to the highest bidder as soon as free agency hits, but to actually hear the final number that lured Ellsbury out of town was jaw-dropping for some fans.
“Have a nice life. Thanks for coming. See ya later and good luck getting a cab in the rain,” said a sarcastic Mazz. “He’s a good player, but $21.5 million a year for that guy?”
“Jacoby Ellsbury is a perfectly fine player, but he’s not the kind of guy you build a team around. Not even close. S-t-o-o-p-i-d.”
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Marc Bertrand took a differing view than Mazz.
Everyone keeps saying that the Yankees farm system is depleted and that bad contracts like Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira will eventually come back to bite them…but when have bad contracts ever come back to bite them?
Because of the Yankees payroll advantage Beetle thinks it’s a smart move.
“I think this deal makes a lot of sense for the Yankees because I don’t think this deal will ever hurt them. I don’t think there’s any secrets about Jacoby Ellsbury, so they know the things about his injuries and they know the potential for what might go wrong with this deal,” started Bertrand.
“The Yankees are in a place where they haven’t made the playoffs, they’re coming off a bad season and they’re looking to improve their club. This is the advantage of being the Yankees. When they like a player and they think he can make their team better they go out and get him. It’s as simple as that.”
“For them, the money is not as big an impact as it is for other teams, including the Red Sox,” concluded Beetle.
Tony Mazz just can’t wrap his head around the idea of paying a player that much money when he doesn’t hit, or pitch for power.
“If you’re going to spend $21.5 million per year on a player, he better hit you more than nine home runs on the road, and not just in the bandbox that you play in! You don’t pay a leadoff hitter $21.5 million,” said Mazz.
Listen to the full discussion below:
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