NY Daily News writer on how Ellsbury fits with Yanks

NY Daily News writer on how Ellsbury fits with Yanks
December 4, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Jacoby Ellsbury is making the big move from Fenway to the Bronx. So, where does he fit in with this Yankees team?

That's the question posed on "SportsNet Central" to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, who broke the details of Ellsbury's seven-year, $153 million deal.

"It adds another dynamic offensive player to a lineup that struggled last year," Feinsand said.

Ellsbury will leadoff and play center field and Brent Gardner will move to left or right depending on where the Yankees want to use Alfonso Soriano.

"They had a platoon of Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells last year, so Ellsbury is quite a jump up from that," Feinsand said.

Why do the Yanks continue to shell out big bucks and long-term deals? It's a formula that hasn't exactly worked in recent years.

"Their farm system is pretty barren in terms of guys who can help them in the next year or two," Feinsand said. "To get the best available players, you've got to give them years."