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Yankees welcome Ellsbury to New York

Outfielder trades Red Sox for Pinstripes on seven-year, $153-million deal
12/13/2013 7:57 AM ET
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury will wear No. 22 with the Yankees, taking over the number of Roger Clemens, another Boston star who moved south to New York.

Ellsbury wore No. 2 with the Red Sox, but that belongs to Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

The outfielder agreed to a $153 million, seven-year contract Dec. 3, and the deal was completed four days later. He appeared at a Yankee Stadium news conference Friday.

A lefty-hitting leadoff man, the 30-year-old led the majors with 52 steals despite a broken foot late in the season. He finished with a .298 average, nine homers and 53 RBIs.

Ellsbury is part of a rebuilding plan by the Yankees, who lost All-Star second baseman to Seattle. New York also agreed to deals with catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Carlos Beltran.

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