On December 3, 2013 — In a major coup, the Yankees grab American League stolen bases leader Jacoby Ellsbury from their rivals the Boston Red Sox, signing him to a seven-year deal worth $153 million. The Red Sox lose another starter from last year’s Championship team, Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who moves to the Marlins for $21 million over three years, but replace him with veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski, plucked from the Rangers on a one-year deal. The other big signing is reliever Joe Nathan, who moves to the Tigers on a two-year contract.

Ellsbury will only play 4 seasons in New York hitting .264 with 39 home runs and stealing 100 bases with a 95 OPS+. He will not play in 2018 or 2019 and be released before the contract expired.

 


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