Yankees Hot Stove: Opinions wanted on Jacoby Ellsbury signing

As you probably heard, the New York Yankees came to terms on a deal with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a tune of 7-year, $153 million with an eighth year, $16 million option.

English: Jacoby Ellsbury leading off first bas...

English: Jacoby Ellsbury leading off first base in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Talking to other Yankee fans, opinions are all over the place.

One guy friend of mine came up to me at dinner last night and said, “How do you feel about Brain Cashman ruining the Yankees?”

My response t him was, “Ruined? That is yet to be determined, but no doubt the monster contract was shocking. It will be a problem if Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t sign Cano because too much was green spent on Ellsbury to keep payroll below $189 million and keep our MVP caliber second baseman. Oh and I won’t like it if the Yankees trade Brett Gardner either because of Ellsbury.”

This Ellsbury deal has me utterly confused.

One minute I like Ellsbury for the short-term, and the next it makes no sense to me.

Looking at Ellsbury batting stats don’t help as one season he is MVP worthy, only to barely play at all the next due to some odd injuries.

What do you think about the Yankees signing of Ellsbury?

Here are his seasonal batting stats to take into consideration, as the last years Yankees outfield couldn’t hit a tennis ball out of the Stadium so offense has to be taken into account.

(all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

Jacoby Ellsbury - Standard Batting Stats
Year
Age
Tm
Lg
G
PA
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
OPS+
TB
GDP
WAR
200723BOSAL33127116204171318908150.3530.3940.5090.9021315920.6
200824BOSAL14560955498155227947501141800.2800.3360.3940.7298821893.0
200925BOSAL153693624941882710860701249740.3010.3550.4150.77098259132.7
201026BOSAL1884781015400571490.1920.2410.2440.48530190-0.1
201127BOSAL15873266011921246532105391552980.3210.3760.5520.92814636488.1
201228BOSAL74323303438218042614319430.2710.3130.3700.6828411251.0
201329BOSAL1346365779217231895352447920.2980.3550.4260.781114246125.8
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start_date 26/04/2013 01:46:51
end_date 26/02/2014 23:59:59
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