BOSTON (CBS) — Jacoby Ellsbury is gone, and if you’re the type who can’t stomach the sight of a Red Sox player wearing pinstripes, you’re no doubt having a tough time with the news.
Yet there should be very little doubt that the Boston Red Sox are in no way losers after the seven-year, $153 million mega-signing with the Yankees. Quite the contrary, actually, if you look at what the team got out of Ellsbury and how little they paid for it.
The Red Sox drafted Ellsbury in the first round of the 2005 draft and gave him a $1.4 million signing bonus in 2006. He made his MLB debut in 2007, hitting .353 and going 9-for-9 on stolen base attempts. He took Coco Crisp’s job in the playoffs and batted .438 in the World Series, hitting four doubles and driving in three runs during the Red Sox’ sweep of…
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