Red Sox hammer out extension pact with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Red Sox have agreed Friday to a one-year, $9 million deal with Jacoby Ellsbury, locking in the outfielder for at least a year.
Ellsbury, who pocketed $8.05 million in 2012, received a slight salary hike despite missing 72 games with a shoulder injury last season.
The 2011 AL MVP runner-up batted just .271 with four homers and a .682 OPS in a campaign hampered and eventually shortened by his nagging injury.
Nevertheless, Ellsburry can even raise his pay to $20 million per year at the end of the deal if he comes up with an All-Star caliber season as he did in 2011, when he batted .321 with 32 homers, 105 RBIs, and a .928 OPS.
Ellsbury and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia are only two out of the nine arbitration-eligible players in the Red Sox roster to hammer an extension pact before Friday’s deadline.