Pedroia: Can't fault Ellsbury for signing with Yankees

Pedroia: Can't fault Ellsbury for signing with Yankees
January 28, 2014, 6:15 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

When the Red Sox receive their World Series rings on Opening Day, Jacoby Ellsbury will not be present.

The Sox outfielder will be with his new team, the New York Yankees.

Ellsbury signed a monster seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees over the offseason. There was widespread speculation that he would not be back with the Sox, but his signing with the Yankees was a surprise.

Despite going over to the "Evil Empire" one teammate isn't upset at him. Dustin Pedroia, speaking on WEEI on Monday, understands why Ellsbury did what he did.

“He got an offer he couldn’t refuse," Pedroia said. "I don’t think anyone would fault him for going where he went and that’s that. I’m happy for him. That guy, he played his butt off for us. We won two championships together. Everything was great."

Ellsbury was just one of a few major signings by the Yankees, including fellow outfielder Carlos Beltran, catcher Brian McCann, and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

The Red Sox didn't make nearly the same splash in the offseason, but as the reigning World Series Champions, look to compete for the AL East Division once again. Their competitive juices will still be flowing between the Sox and Ellsbury's Yankees.

“Once the season starts, I hope his team doesn’t win, that’€™s just how it goes," Pedroia said. "We’€™re friends, we’€™re close just like all of my teammates. You’€™re in it together. You’€™re family — you go through the ups and downs — and then on the business side you wish him the best.”