Via NESN -
Jacoby Ellsbury made sure he left the Boston Red Sox on good terms.
Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the New York Yankees over the offseason, contacted Red Sox manager John Farrell shortly after inking his new deal, the Boston skipper said Friday at JetBlue Park.
“He called after the deal was agreed upon. To his credit, he called to say, ‘Thanks,’” Farrell said. “I got the sense he was a little surprised it happened so fast to the magnitude that it happened. And (I) wished him well. We’re certainly going to miss him, but now he’s on the other side. He handled it with a lot of class, and he was very grateful for his time here and gave thanks to the way things unfolded last year.”
Ellsbury spent seven memorable seasons with the Red Sox before leaving in free agency after Boston’s 2013 World Series win. Some times were better than others for Ellsbury, who dealt with several injuries during his Boston tenure, but the explosive outfielder helped lead the Red Sox to two championships, in 2007 and 2013.
What if Ellsbury plays this year, bats .275, and hits less than 10 homeruns on the season? Does he get a buddy pass as long as the team is doing well? Or, does he take some heat for not playing like a $20 million player?