Outfielder Ellsbury and the New York Yankees have come to terms on a seven-year contract, according to ESPN.com.
The deal reportedly will exceed the seven-year, $142 million deal the Red Sox gave to outfielder Carl Crawford at the end of 2010. MLB.com reports the deal could be worth $153 million, with an option for an 8th year. The deal is pending a physical.
Ellsbury hit for at .298 average, with 31 doubles and 51 RBI this year. He was the source of speed for the Sox lineup, leading the MLB with 52 stolen bases throughout the regular season in 2013.
In the 2013 postseason, Ellsbury did even more to fuel Boston’s league-leading lineup. He hit for a .344 average in those 16 games, scoring 14 runs and knocking in 6.