Red Sox center fielder signs $153m deal with rivals Yankees

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Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has signed a mega-bucks 7-year deal with the New York Yankees, according to reports.

The Red Sox man, who was a free agent, has played just 384 of a possible 648 regular season games since 2010 but is said to have put pen to paper on a deal which, if both parties agree on activating the one year extension built in, will become one of the most lucrative ever signed in baseball.

According to CBS the contract is worth $153 million over seven years plus the one-year extension, and that Ellsbury, who was a MVP contender in 2011 and won two titles in Boston, turned down offers from 'several other teams' to join the Red Sox' rivals.

CBS report that the deal will be finalized and announced shortly.

The move has echoes of Johnny Damon's controversial switch between the two rivals in 2005.

Ellsbury becomes the latest big-money recruit for the Yankees, who handed an $85 million, five-year deal to catcher Brian McCann earlier on in the winter.

The Yankees have also been in talks with free agents Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran amongst others, but where those deals stand following the capture of Ellsbury remains unclear.

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