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Yankees Close to Deal With Ellsbury

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees were working toward an agreement with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million.

Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox in action during Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park in Boston. (Elsa, Getty Images)

Ellsbury, who helped Boston win the World Series this year, would be the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees’ offseason rebuilding. He was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

New York had not yet finalized any deal with Ellsbury, a second person familiar with the talks said Tuesday night, also speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The Yankees also had been negotiating with Shin-Soo Choo, who like Ellsbury is represented by agent Scott Boras.

Earlier Tuesday, New York finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with All-Star catcher Brian McCann.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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