So, Ellsbury is going to the Yankees
And I'm more-or-less indifferent.
I never had any expectation that he'd be back, and the Yankees were
always the most likely candidates to overpay him. It makes the Yankees
better and the Red Sox worse, at least for the next couple of years, but
There are a couple of things that I'm not interested in seeing, both of
which are visible in headlines at the Globe's site this morning.
"Deal proves Ellsbury a mercenary"
- The number of
people in this world who would be doing their jobs without financial
compensation is not big. At some level, we're all "mercenaries." And
it's not like he opted out of a deal for this - he played out his
contract, the Red Sox got everything from him they had any right to
expect, and now he's got the right to choose the best contract and the
best situation for himself. I don't resent him making that choice. The
Yankees probably guaranteed him something on the order of 30% more than
anyone else would have. There's no way that the Red Sox were going to
give him seven years, or that kind of annual value on any contract over
three years, so it's a very rational decision for him to make, and it's
silly to resent it, and offensive to portray it as some kind of
"Ellsbury's departure good news for Sox fans"
That, of course, is obviously hogwash. Ellsbury has been, when healthy,
a good-to-great player for the Red Sox, and this transaction makes the
Red Sox weaker and the Yankees stronger. That's not even debatable.
There's just no level on which this qualifies as "good news" and it's
preposterous to suggest it. Now, does that mean that the 2014 Yankees
will be better than the 2014 Red Sox? No, though that wouldn't be
shocking. There's a lot to be done, still, and we don't know what
Jackie Bradley's going to be, or where Carlos Beltran ends up (almost
certainly not New York, now) or whether Jacoby is going to collide with
Soriano in game 1 and miss half of the year. And, of course, the
contract, even if he gets hurt in spring training and never plays a
single game for the Yankees, doesn't hamstring the Yankees the way that
it would hamstring anyone else - they have no practical limit to their
ability to overpay players, so even if he isn't worth what he's getting
paid in the last three of years of the deal, as is likely, it doesn't
really matter to the Yankees, so that's not really good for Boston,
either. No, there just isn't any "good news" here. That's life. C'est la vie
In any event, the major source of my equanimity, I'm quite certain, is this - the Boston Red Sox have won three of the last ten World Series Championships, including the last one
That was true yesterday, when Jacoby Ellsbury was a free agent, and
it's true today, now that he's a Yankee. I can live with that...
Labels: Ellsbury, Red Sox, Yankees