Newark Star-Ledger "We’re just spitballing here, but when a guy is able to take the field for only 59 percent of the games that his team has played over four seasons, shouldn’t there be a sabermetric term for his lack of durability? "Freakish," Hal Steinbrenner said. "Fluky," Randy Levine suggested. Okay,..." December 14
Jacoby Ellsbury has passed his physical. He's a Yankee.
NESN "After spending his entire Major League career with the Boston Red Sox, free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reportedly signed a seven-year deal to join the rival New York Yankees. Ellsbury is the first high-profile Red Sox player to join the other side of baseball’s most storied rivalry..." December 04
Yankees have made offer to FA infielder Omar Infante, in addition to Drew, Ellsbury, Choo, Beltran, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
The Yankees' deal with Ellsbury is done, pending a physical. I'm told the contract is bigger than Crawford's 7 year/$142M deal.
Yankees deal with Ellsbury is seven years and $153 million. That's $12 million more than Crawford's contract.
Scott Boras is rarely in a hurry but clubs are reporting Ellsbury talks are moving faster than expected. Winter-mettings deal not impossible
CBSSports.com "The Rangers are considering a run at top-tier free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo but have apparently ruled out the other top free agent outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury. Texas needs to replace the offense provided by Nelson Cruz, and assuming the Rangers don't re-sign Cruz, Choo fits the bill...." November 18
CBSSports.com "It is becoming more and more apparent the key name for Jacoby Ellsbury this winter is his old Red Sox teammate Carl Crawford Ellsbury's agent Scott Boras has named an asking price, one interested team said. But it seems clear now that Crawford's $142-million, seven-year deal is a benchmark in..." November 13
If what I've heard here is accurate, the #mariners reported interest in Jacoby Ellsbury has been overblown.
As expected, Ellsbury and Drew will allow 5 pm deadline pass without accepting qualifying offers, baseball source says
Clarification on something I reported earlier. #Mariners want Ellsbury or Choo plus starting pitcher. Not on Napoli, but will seek RH bat.
As expected. Red Sox say they will make qualifying offers today to Napoli, Drew and Ellsbury but not to Saltalamacchia. #RedSoxTalk
CBSSports.com "The Yankees have been discussing several big-name free agents -- including new ones Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza and Stephen Drew -- as they weigh how to remake their team. The Yankees are still aiming to cut their payroll from $230 million to below $189 million, but with several free agents and..." November 01
CBSSports.com "The Red Sox are planning to make the $14.1 million qualifying offer to shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Mike Napoli in addition to star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox won a World Series thanks in part to their short-term deals, and Drew and Napoli became vital parts of the team..." October 31
Scott Boras told me he's already received 11 phone calls on Jacoby Ellsbury from GM's around baseball/
Fox Sports "Before Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury told some of the team’s coaches, “I’ve got no more bullets in the gun. We have to win tonight.” Teammates would look at Ellsbury’s left hand during the post-season – discolored and severely..." October 31
Boston Globe "Even the best teams have flaws and the Detroit Tigers have a few. One that sticks out is the leadoff spot where the Tigers have used Austin Jackson for most of the season and where his .337 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases were simply not good enough of a contrast to the slow..." October 21
CSN New England "Just as the Red Sox' second-to-last game of the season was about to get underway the team clinched the best record in the American League when Oakland lost to Seattle. But before that outcome John Farrell had a lineup that didn't include either outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury or DH David Ortiz...." September 29
Ellsbury started baseball activity today: Swung off a tee threw.
CBSSports.com "Red Sox center fielder -- and noted aircraft carrier -- Jacoby Ellsbury spoke with Boston media Wednesday and sounds rather bullish on his ability to be back with the Red Sox before the end of the regular season. Here are a few excerpts via boston.com: How confident are you that you will be..." September 18
Boston Globe "Scott Boras the agent for Jacoby Ellsbury said today he expects the Red Sox center fielder to be back for the postseason likely earlier. According to Boras the biggest issue for Ellsbury is the swelling in his right foot and not the small fracture on the surface of the navicular bone. The..." September 10
Boston Herald "If the Red Sox are to win the World Series they may very well have to do so without Jacoby Ellsbury. After a walkoff loss to the Yankees yesterday manager John Farrell announced that Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. He’s already in a walking boot and if history is any..." September 09
NESN "The Red Sox’ first glimpse of life after Jacoby Ellsbury has arrived sooner than expected. Ellsbury underwent an MRI on his right foot in Boston on Saturday and it revealed swelling and inflammation at the navicular bone according to manager John Farrell. Ellsbury will now receive a second..." September 08
Jacoby Ellsbury's right foot placed in walking boot. MRI today showed inflammation in navicular bone (same bone broken by Pedroia in '10).
Ellsbury is out with a foot injury. #RedSox
CBSSports.com "The Red Sox have keen interest in re-signing star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury according to people familiar with their thinking. However Red Sox connected people are suggesting now that if Ellsbury's market goes well into the nine-figure arena – and considering their own $142 million deal for..." September 05
WEEI Boston "Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury both left Sunday’s 7-6 win over the White Sox for precautionary reasons but manager John Farrell said both are expected to be back in the lineup on Monday. Victorino re-aggravated a left hip contusion when he slid into first base in the fourth inning. He..." September 02
Over The Monster "If the Red Sox sign Ellsbury long-term would they regret it like they did the Crawford contract? With the Red Sox facing the Dodgers as the one-year anniversary of the Nick Punto trade looms it's time to think about what that deal meant to Boston. The Red Sox were able to shed significant..." August 24
Seattle Blog "With a young core of Justin Smoak Nick Franklin Brad Miller and Kyle Seager the Mariners seem to already possess their infield of the future. They may be well-positioned to improve their outfield this off-season. The Mariners are in a prime position to make a run at Boston Red Sox center..." August 14
Boston Herald "The Red Sox made up their mind last week that Dustin Pedroia was worth keeping in the fold for good. They have one more decision to make on one more homegrown core player one more choice to make on another contract that could keep that player here for the foreseeable future and perhaps through..." July 28
Boston Herald "Jacoby Ellsbury was unable to play in last night’s 11-4 loss to the Mariners, and the Red Sox were crossing their fingers that his absence, like Paul McCartney’s tour stop at Fenway Park, would be limited to one night only. Ellsbury suffered what manager John Farrell referred to as “irritation”..." July 09
CSN New England "Jacoby Ellsbury's hitting streak continued on Thursday at Fenway Park. But what was even more notable was the fact that Ellsbury snapped a career-long 314-at-bat homerless drought with an eighth inning solo homer that gave the Red Sox an 8-2 lead. Ellsbury finished the game 3-for-4 with three..." July 05
So, Jacoby Ellsbury returns to #RedSox' lineup after 5-game absence with left groin tightness.
Boston Globe "Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury could return to the lineup as early as Wednesday after groin tightness forced him to sit out the entire three-game series against the Yankees over the weekend. Ellsbury did some running in the outfield and took batting practice in the cage before Tuesday..." June 05
No Ellsbury. Red Sox: Nava RF, Carp LF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Napoli 1B, Saltalamacchia C, Drew SS, Iglesias 3B, Bradley Jr. CF, Dempster SP
No Ellsbury for series finale
Ellsbury was in original lineup, but then scratched. Had groin and calf wrapped in ice last night after game, but unsure what issue is.
Boston Herald "Shane Victorino played for enough winning teams in Philadelphia to understand there are moments within a six-month season that separate the contenders from the also-rans. This was another of those moments. After being muted for eight innings yesterday and facing an All-Star closer, the Red..." May 27
Boston Herald "Jacoby Ellsbury experienced at-bats unbecoming a leadoff hitter through six innings last night at soggy Fenway Park, but he came through when it counted the most in the Red Sox’ 8-1 win against the Indians. Cleveland starter Justin Masterson had effectively neutralized the Red Sox catalyst in..." May 25
Boston Herald "By the time Jacoby Ellsbury came to the plate in the sixth inning Tuesday night, his slump had deepened to 8-for-62, causing Red Sox manager John Farrell to admit to thinking about removing him from the leadoff spot. But to hear Ellsbury tell it, his approach at the plate had been..." May 23
WEEI Boston "Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, said that the Red Sox have talked at various points with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury about the possibility of something other than a one-year deal. However, each time, the team and player elected to agree to a one-year..." May 23
Chicago Tribune "Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is off to a poor start but remains one of the more interesting potential free agents. Cubs President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer know Ellsbury well from their days in Boston and are aware of what he brings to the clubhouse. If Ellsbury can..." May 22
Farrell said he has thought about moving Ellsbury down in order, but want to show vote confidence for now
Boston Herald "All along, the assumption was that the anticipation of free agency after this season would inspire Jacoby Ellsbury to once again reach MVP-caliber heights for the Red Sox. But take it from two of Ellsbury’s teammates: It isn’t so simple. A year ago, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli were in..." May 21
CSN New England "In April, Jacoby Ellsbury hit .283 with a .336 on-base percentage, and .416 slugging percentage. But the flip of the calendar has not been kind to him. In 16 games this month, he's hitting .188, going 13-for-69, with a double, a triple, four runs scored, three RBI, seven walks, and 10..." May 19
Boston Herald "All along, the assumption was that the anticipation of free agency after this season would inspire Jacoby Ellsbury to once again reach MVP-caliber heights. But take it from two of Ellsbury’s Red Sox teammates: It isn’t so simple. A year ago, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli were in Ellsbury’s..." May 18
NESN "Jacoby Ellsbury‘s base-stealing ability is becoming something to marvel at. Ellsbury stole his major league-leading 11th base in the sixth inning of Friday’s game. The theft set a new Red Sox single-season record for the month of April, as he broke his own mark of 10 April steals, which he..." April 27
Boston Globe "Jacoby Ellsbury was chipper in the Red Sox clubhouse just after 8 a.m. Wednesday. He looked tanned and happy and said he was going back to the trainer’s room for more evaluation of his sore right ankle and heel. The center fielder injured the foot sliding back into first base base on a pickoff..." March 28
Boston Herald "The Red Sox will sit Jacoby Ellsbury out of this afternoon's game against the Marlins but they expect him back in the lineup tomorrow. The move was precautionary, to protect Ellsbury's rolled ankle sustained in Sunday's game." March 27