Fair warning: You’re about to see Jacoby Ellsbury in a Yankees hat.
It’s been more than a week since we found out the longtime Red Sox center fielder was on his way to the Bronx. You might have adjusted to the idea, but today you’ll have to get used to the image of Ellsbury in pinstripes. The Yankees are introducing him at an 11 a.m. press conference.
The introduction will happen less than 24 hours after Robinson Cano was introduced in Seattle.
It was also happen one day after the Yankees left the Winter Meetings empty handed.
In its own way, the Ellsbury press conference will serve as a reminder that the Yankees have not been silent this winter. Yes, they lost Cano. And no, they didn’t make a move during an almost universally quiet four days in Orlando. But the Yankees have done some big things with Ellsbury and Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran (which should be the next big signing to becoming official). They’ve spent a lot of money and begun addressing some needs.
What this press conference will not do is mask the fact the Yankees still have work to do. I know it. You know it. They know it. After that remarkably busy first week of December, the Yankees have now spent about a week trying to figure out what’s next. The market isn’t especially helpful for what the Yankees have to do — the pitching market is risky and expensive, the infield market is pretty thin — and maybe that’s why it’s taken a little bit of time to get the ball rolling again.
The Yankees will take some time this morning to celebrate something they’ve already accomplished. But there’s still plenty to do.
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