With Carlos Beltran and Carlos Gomez likely out of the picture, Shin-Soo Choo serving as a mainstay in right, and Nomar Mazara unable to play two positions at once, the Rangers have an outfield vacancy to address. This is primarily due to the fact that Ian Desmond will have high demands in free agency.
If the Yankees and Rangers can work out a mutually beneficial deal, it would provide Ellsbury with a ballpark to thrive in, possibly increasing his performance in a warmer climate.
This would not be the first time New York and Texas partnered up to make a deal involving two big names — or contracts, for that matter. Prior to the 2004 season, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano were involved in a blockbuster deal that evolved rapidly in the following years.
Somehow, the two sides were able to work it out.
If Jon Daniels were to provide the Yankees with more young pitching, as he did with Dillon Tate in the Beltran deal, an overwhelming majority of Ellsbury’s owed money would be covered.