In an off-season that has seen the Red Sox take a PR hit after reports of a dysfunctional locker room, Boston fans finally have a glimmer of hope for 2012. The Red Sox have re-signed top MVP candidate Jacoby Ellsbury to a one-year deal worth a reported $8.05 million. Ellsbury made $2.4 million in 2011 and was due arbitration if he and the Red Sox failed to come to an agreement.
In 2011, Ellsbury batted .321 while reaching career highs in runs scored (119), hits (212), doubles (46), home runs (32) and RBI’s (105) while also contributing 32 steals and winning his first Gold Glove award. Ellsbury was named AL Comeback Player Of The Year in 2011 after only playing 18 games in 2010 due to a rib injury. He was also runner up to Detroit’s Justin Verlander for the AL MVP.
2012 marks the 5th straight year in which Ellsbury has signed an one-year agreement with the Red Sox, with his newest deal offering Ellsbury his steepest pay increase. The Red Sox still have pending arbitration cases for popular slugger David Ortiz, among others.
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