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Jacoby Ellsbury has gone to the Yankees, undoubtedly causing Red Sox fans some degree of consternation. That World Series championship should help, but Ellsbury is a unique talent; his speed is a huge weapon, and he has enough power to really threaten pitchers when he's hot. He's one of the few players in the 30-30 club since the turn of the century. Can you name the rest?
Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees
Hello, Johnny Damon 2.0. Like the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox center fielder before him, Jacoby Ellsbury reportedly is making the short trip down Interstate 95 to the New York Yankees. It's not for lack of reasons -- around $153 million of them over seven years. Is this a good move for New York? Will the Yankees be back in 2014?
Red Sox sign Pierzynski
The Red Sox seem to have moved on from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as they've signed A.J. Pierzynski to be their new catcher. Pierzynski may be something of a stopgap, as the Red Sox have a few catching prospects on the verge of making it to the majors, but if his numbers from last year are any indication, he's a definite offensive downgrade from Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox seem to be willing to deal with that, however, over signing Saltalamacchia to a likely three-year deal.
Who makes your Baseball HOF?
The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 comprised exactly zero players. The Class of 2014, though, likely won't be devoid of inductees. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are among the newcomers on the ballot, while Craig Biggio (on 68.2 percent of ballots last year; 75 percent is necessary), Jack Morris (67.7 percent), Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8) and Tim Raines (52.2) return after seeing their names on more than half the ballots last time around. Also up for induction: superstars stained by steroid controversy like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa -- none of whom received even 40 percent of the vote. Whom would you vote for?
A-Rod calls accusations 'nonsense'
The Alex Rodriguez situation got heated Wednesday, when A-Rod stormed out of his own grievance hearing after hearing Bud Selig would not have to testify, then taking to the radio to release his anger. "I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after leaving the hearing. He called the Selig ruling "disgusting." He said he won't return. And of the 211-game suspension levied on him, he said: "I shouldn't even serve one inning." Will he?