NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jacoby Ellsbury is getting a firsthand look at the other side of the Boston-New York rivalry.
The Yankees introduced the former Red Sox outfielder at an 11 a.m. press conference Friday at Yankee Stadium.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to come to a storied franchise,” said Ellsbury, who will wear No. 22. “Looking outside today, seeing the banners on the wall, seeing the great players that have played here, it’s just truly an honor.”
Ellsbury’s seven-year, $153 million contract with New York was finalized last week. The deal includes a $21 million club option for 2021.
The 30-year-old hit .298 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs for the World Champion Red Sox last season. His best year came in 2011, when he batted .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs.
He’s pretty good on the base paths, too. Ellsbury, who suffered a broken foot in September, led MLB with 52 stolen bases.
“You are going to make my job a lot easier,” manager Joe Girardi said. “You are no longer a thorn in my side.”
Ellsbury joined WFAN radio’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts shortly after his introduction: