terrynever said:Yanks tried an old tried and true formula. Hit Boston where it hurts. Take away one of its best players. In hindsight, they should have waited for one of their kids to develop. Boston made the same mistake when it signed Hanley for roughly the same amount of money. I guess the temptation to empty the wallet is too great for baseball executives. I can only hope the Yankees have learned their lesson following the Ellsbury signing.
Hanley and Ellsbury are pretty much the same age. Hanley doesn't look like a good signing now, but he got 4/88. Ellsbury got 7/152. Substantial difference there. Ellsbury is a far better defensive player so that makes up some of the difference, but by and large if he hits in the future like he did this year that's a horrible contract.
Ellsbury was signed as a 30 year old coming off a 113 OPS+ season. His first two seasons in NY have produced 110 and 88 OPS+, right along the trend of general decline. The real outlier of his career is 2011, with the 146 OPS+ and the crazy HR totals. Since then he's never reached anywhere near such production.