User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Yanks officially sign Ellsbury, Kuroda

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees made it official Saturday, announcing the completion of a seven-year deal with free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and a one-year contract for returning starter Hiroki Kuroda.

Advertisement
The busy Bronx Bombers have been undergoing a pricey roster overhaul after missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years.

Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, agreed to a $153 million deal with New York on Tuesday. The contract includes a $21 million team option for the 2021 season, with a $5 million buyout. If the option is exercised, the deal would be worth $169 million over eight years.

The Yankees will hold an introductory news conference for Ellsbury at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Ellsbury, who turned 30 in September, led the majors with 52 stolen bases despite being hobbled late in the season by a broken right foot. The lefty-hitting leadoff man batted .298 with nine homers and 53 RBIs, and the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium should boost his power numbers.

He joins a crowded outfield that will include Carlos Beltran, who agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract, according to two people familiar with the deal, on Friday. Beltran's agreement came hours after All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano decided to leave for Seattle.

Outfielders Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells are all expected to return. Curtis Granderson, though, left for a deal with the crosstown Mets.

Kuroda also agreed Friday to a one-year deal, worth $16 million, to come back and fill one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

Kuroda, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1-3 innings.

The deal includes bonuses of $250,000 for pitching 190 and 210 innings.

New York introduced new catcher Brian McCann at a news conference Thursday. He signed an $85 million, five-year contract.

When Beltran's deal is finalized, the Yankees will have committed about $172 million to 13 players for their 2014 luxury-tax payroll.

That would leave them with approximately $5 million to spend if they intend to stay under the $189 million threshold, which includes all players on the 40-man roster and $11 million to $12 million for benefits.

It appears unlikely New York would remain under the threshold unless Alex Rodriguez is suspended for most of the season, which would relieve the Yankees of much of his $25 million salary.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Red Sox land Chris Sale from White Sox
Don't expect bullpen bingo in playoffs
Benoit, Phillies finalize 1-year deal
D-backs add Haren as pitching strategist
Mathis, Diamondbacks finalize $4M deal
Red Sox get setup man Thornburg
Cubs postseason shares worth $368K
Smith 1st woman to win Spink Award
Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8851
Jim Feist + 4765
John Fisher + 3257
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2523
Kevin Rogers + 1791
Jim Feist + 1589
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 3455
John Fisher + 1505
Jim Feist + 1416
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 3403
Antony Dinero + 2618
Micah Roberts + 2249
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2873
Antony Dinero + 2798
James Manos + 2602
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2836
Mark Franco + 1570
Bill Marzano + 1455
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership