Former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be joining Boston's the arch nemesis next season, the New York Yankees.
The 30-year-old Ellsbury has agreed to a 7-year $153 million deal with the Bronx Bombers, who was a key cog in Boston's title run this season. He led the American League in stolen bases with 52 and batted .344 this postseason.
The LVH Superbook in Las Vegas currently has New York at +1,600 to win the World Series and +800 to claim the American League Pennant. Boston is set at +1,200 to defend its world championship and +550 to win the AL. According to Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the LVH Superbook, there are "no changes at this time" to the MLB futures odds.
In seven season with the Red Sox, Ellsbury hit for a .297 average and stole 241 bases at a 84 percent success rate, (the best in history). He has also established himself as one of the best defensive center fielders in the game today.
It must be terrible déjà vu for the Red Sox. Their star center fielder helps the team win the World Series, then promptly flip sides to join the hated Yanks. Johnny Damon pulled the same trick after the Red Sox's 2004 championship.