MLB NOTEBOOK: Ellsbury signs with rival Yankees
NEW YORK — Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached an agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Ellsbury is the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees’ offseason rebuilding after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The center fielder was to take a physical in New York today that he must pass before the deal can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Earlier in the day, New York finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with All-Star catcher Brian McCann.
Ellsbury, who turned 30 in September, led the majors with 52 stolen bases despite being hobbled late in the season by a broken right foot. The lefty-hitting leadoff man batted .298 with nine homers and 53 RBIs, and the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium should boost his power numbers.
With the move, Ellsbury joins a long line of players that have gone from Boston to New York, including Johnny Damon (2006), Roger Clemens (1999) and Babe Ruth (1919).
MARLINS LAND SALTALAMACCHIA: Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is going from the World Series champions to a team that lost 100 games.
Saltalamacchia agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Miami Marlins, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
Saltalamacchia started the past three seasons for the Boston Red Sox, who were reluctant to offer him a multiyear deal. The switch-hitter batted a career-high .273 with 15 homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBIs last season. He hit .188 in the postseason and was benched during the World Series.
For his career, Saltalamacchia has a .246 batting average, 78 homers and 275RBIs.
PIERZYNSKI, BOSTON REACH DEAL: Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Pierzynski and David Ross, the backup, both will be 37 next season.
Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season, his only one with the Texas Rangers. He walked just 11 times and doesn’t fit the Red Sox preference for patient hitters who work the count. In 2012, he had 27 homers and 28 walks, both career highs.
For his career, Pierzynski is a .283 hitter with 172 homers and 800 RBIs while playing with the Twins, White Sox and Rangers.
CLARK NAMED HEAD OF MLBPA: Tony Clark said he’s “blown away” that he is the first former major leaguer to become head of the baseball players’ union.
The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Clark to replace Michael Weiner, who died Nov. 21 of brain cancer. The decision is pending a vote of the general membership.
Clark was an All-Star in 2001 and played for 15 seasons with Detroit, Arizona, the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston and San Diego. The 41-year-old was appointed deputy executive director in July and had been acting executive director since Weiner’s death.