Felger: Ellsbury 'not nearly worth the money'

Felger: Ellsbury 'not nearly worth the money'
December 3, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Jacoby Ellsbury has gone over to the dark side.

He has agreed to sign a seven-year, $153 deal with the Yankees.

Gary Tanguay and Mike Felger sit down and give their first public thoughts on the signing.

It didn't take long for Felger to like it for everybody.

"Jacoby Ellsbury? A Yankee? Muah," Felger said. "I don't even think he's that good. I don't think he's going to hurt you. He's not nearly worth the money. Yet it's a great talking point. Fans are going to get all hot and bothered about it. Everyone's a winner."

Ellsbury isn't the first Red Sox player to bolt to New York after winning a championship. Johnny Damon did the same thing. But Tanguay doesn't think fans will hold the same grudge against Ellsbury due to Damon being a bigger fan favorite.

"I don't know if he's going to get booed the way Johnny Damon did, because I think fans appreciated what Johnny Damon more than they do Ellsbury, which is unfortunate," Tanguay said. "But I think everybody knew that he was going to leave and they realize he's not worth $153 million, not even close. So when he comes back, I don't think he gets booed."

Tanguay does think that Ellsbury didn't get enough credit while with the Sox.

"He was a better player than people think," Tanguay said. "Was he worth $153 million, no. But he was a very good ball player for the Red Sox and he should be respected for that. I just think he gets a bad wrap."

Felger is all about a renewed rivalry.

"He was a fine player and now he adds some spice to the Yankees thing, which I think the rivalry needed," Felger said.