Look at what happened to me, you guys.
This is the worst thing that’s happened to me a long time. Now I have to decide, do I suffer through watching the Cubs play terrible baseball for a few more years in the hopes that they’ll turn it around before I shell out $20,000 for season tickets? Or do I wait and jump on the list again, hoping that I’ll come up again in the next few years? It feels like one of those reverse mortgage things, where the bank bets you’ll die before they have to buy your ENTIRE house back from you.
What would you do?
No deals on the Cubs’ horizon as of right now, but the Yankees managed to make a deal with Jacoby Ellsbury, and man, it’s a doooozy:
Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reached agreement on a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.
According to multiple reports, the deal will pay Ellsbury $153 million over seven years and includes an option for an eighth year that could increase the overall value of the contract to $169 million. Ellsbury’s deal exceeds Carl Crawford’s seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010.
I know a lot of Cubs fans had their hearts set on Jacoby Ellsbury (which was never going to happen, let’s be honest), but this deal is positively Soriano-esque. Ellsbury is hardly ever healthy as it is, and the Yankees are going to pay $21 million a year for a kinda healthy Ellsbury for SEVEN YEARS. This is what happens when you burn bags of cash to keep warm in the winter months.
I made the comment earlier that toolsy, speedy guys don’t age well, which was immediately refuted by Jonah Keri and this great article from FanGraphs. Well worth the read, but I maintain that Jacoby Ellsbury is no Kenny Lofton.
The question of the day remains what value Jeff Samardzija has now that the hot stove is on fire. I’m talking to a class in the am, but Carl and I will keep an eye on the trade/deal rumors. To make sure you get all the Cubs news as it breaks, make sure you follow us on Facebook!
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