How Agent Scott Boras Set Up Jacoby Ellsbury's Yankee Deal Eight Years Ago

Agent Scott Boras looks on before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, California on July 5 Photograph by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

When news broke last night that Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will sign a 7-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees, many were quick to point out the parallels with Johnny Damon’s departure from Boston eight years ago. Ellsbury, like Damon, had been part of a World Series championship in Boston. Like Damon, he took the highest bid and left for the rival Yankees. Then, as now, the Yankees demonstrated that they are in a league of their own when it comes to cutting checks. And then, as now, Scott Boras was the agent who made it happen.

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