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We never really knew Jacoby Ellsbury. He kept to himself. He had few interactions with teammates, but he felt comfortable in Boston because he was able to dodge the media and the spotlight. That’s why I always thought Ellsbury would be back. The fact he was a creature of habit and that he could deal with the media and fanbase here was a big comfort to him.
But in the end there was no reason for him to stay.
The Red Sox admit they were far, far away from what the Yankees ultimately offered Ellsbury (seven years, $153 million). The Red Sox were never comfortable crossing the five-year, $100 million mark, though we still don’t know what their final offer was.