Following the 2013 World Series for the Boston Red Sox, the pressure was definitely put on the rival New York Yankees to perform a little better. Sure, with all the injuries last year, the Yanks were given a bit of a pass. But 2014, there will be no excuses. To accomplish this, the Yankees needed to re-tool in a few places on the diamond and they did just that on Tuesday–at the expense of the hated Red Sox. According to reports, the Yankees have signed free-agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a monster deal worth seven years and $153 million.
Last season, Ellsbury batted .298 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 134 appearances as the Red Sox grabbed another World Series trophy, their third since that miracle 2004 ALCS comeback against the Yankees. Now, you can all but count the Yankees out of the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes, as it appears they have their free agent outfielder for 2014.