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Sox never went above $100M for Ellsbury

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07:32 AM ET 12.05 | In Boston, the days of lamenting the loss of a player to New York isn't taken with nearly the despair of years past. The Red Sox have spent the better part of 10 years building an organization that can sustain success, and not desperately grab at branches while dangling from a cliff. It took a few saplings slipping through their fingers to realize the win-now approach just leads into the abyss. They've known practically since the day [Jacoby Ellsbury] arrived in 2007 that he would depart after this season. They planned for it, which is why they didn't give a second thought to letting him walk, effectively bowing out of negotiations early by never even making an offer that topped $100 million, according to multiple sources. The Yankees had no choice but to pounce for seven years and $153 million.

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December 5, 2013  07:37 AM ET

It happens almost every time a team wins a championship............Those eligible jump ship for more money..........





They have the ring..............So Money talks...............

December 5, 2013  07:42 AM ET

As a die hard Red Sox fan Im not sweating the loss of Ellsbury, hes simply not worth that much and 7 years is a long time which in return I think will hurt the Yankees. Yankees where better off signing Cano looks like that aint happening no more. But with all that said GO RED SOX!

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December 5, 2013  08:10 AM ET
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Sox are smart. Yankees are rich. One is the World Series champ.

Was that supposed to be clever?

December 5, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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Was that supposed to be clever?

He meant they're wicked smaht.

December 5, 2013  08:20 AM ET
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He meant they're wicked smaht.

Pissah
<stoically awaits banning/time out>

December 5, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Pissah<stoically awaits banning/time out>

Don't pahk yeh cah in Hahvahd Yahd.
Take the T instead.

December 5, 2013  08:26 AM ET
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Don't pahk yeh cah in Hahvahd Yahd.Take the T instead.

Only a fool drives into a city whose streets were laid out by cattle and sheep.

December 5, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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Only a fool drives into a city whose streets were laid out by cattle and sheep.

Sure are a lot of fools parked on Storrow Drive every morning.
I take the T unless I'm going to a place that is right off a highway and has a big parking garage and it's the weekend...well, and I'm willing to pay the exorbitant parking fee.

December 5, 2013  08:32 AM ET

7 years for a 30 year old..... Well Slink - you were right - I was wrong.....

December 5, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Haven't even taken a cab in Boston since the guy who drove the wrong way down a one way street (demanding a large tip for the time he saved by doing that) and swore that he told Ted Williams that Jimmie Piersall was just as good as him.

December 5, 2013  08:33 AM ET

While a very good player, he is not a great one, he has flaws, his arm is not great, he is not durable, does not hit a ton of HRs and has a career OBP of .350. When his speed starts to go, or he gets another injury, I think the Yankees will rue this. I also think that being his walk year, he came back sooner than he would have in order to maximize his market value.

December 5, 2013  08:34 AM ET

The Yankees sure made the decision easy for Ellsbury. I'm sure no other team even came close to what they offered.

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December 5, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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The Yankees sure made the decision easy for Ellsbury. I'm sure no other team even came close to what they offered.

Then why go that high? They did the same thing for CC and Arod.

December 5, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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No one had this guy getting much above 100 mil.....gotta love the spanks overpaying.

Was there ever an offer from the Mariners that was made public? There were rumors that they were interested because they thought he might like to play near where he grew up. Most people that would hire Boras wouldn't think about things that way, though (although Tek supposedly told Boras to work out the best deal he could with the Bosox and nobody else).

December 5, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Then why go that high? They did the same thing for CC and Arod.

Supposedly Cash was thrilled when ARod opted out, but then the Steinbrothers forced him to bring the turd back for huge money.

December 5, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Personally - believe they overpaid for Pillsbury....... That's almost 22 mill a year..... through till he's 37 - (what is that 3 years past prime?) I just don't get it......

 
December 5, 2013  08:50 AM ET

You think the Yankees would have learn their lesson when they sign Teixeira to a long term contract nothing the history of Ellsbury injury problems.

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