Yankees sign Jacoby Ellsbury to seven-year, $153 million contract

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The longtime Red Sox center fielder has signed a huge deal with the Yankees.

The New York Yankees have signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year contract worth $153 million. The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman and confirmed by Mark Feinsand of the Daily News. As Heyman noted, that's a bigger contract than the one Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox a few years ago.

With the signing, there's certainly some question as to whether or not the Yankees could afford to keep Robinson Cano, the best second baseman in baseball, if they still intend to get their 2014 payroll under $189 million. And the move certainly makes it look like Curtis Granderson—who has been linked to the Mets this winter—won't be rejoining the Yankees next year.

The Mets never figured to be in on Ellsbury, even though their outfield needed major improvement at the beginning of the offseason. But the Yankees' move could obviously have an effect on the Mets' plans.

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