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Yankees finalize Ellsbury, Kuroda deals

<p>The New York Yankees finalized two deals on Saturday, signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year pact and veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract.</p>

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees finalized two deals on Saturday, signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year pact and veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract.

Ellsbury's contract is believed to be worth $153 million and includes a club option for 2021, while Kuroda will reportedly be paid $16 million in 2014.

The 30-year-old Ellsbury finished last season with a league-best 52 stolen bases, along with nine home runs, 31 doubles, 53 RBI and a .298 average for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Ellsbury, who gained his only All-Star selection three seasons ago, a year in which he finished second in AL MVP voting to Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, is a lifetime .297 hitter who has collected 65 homers, 155 doubles, 241 stolen bases and drove in 314 runs over 715 games with Boston since 2007.

Kuroda was the Yankees best starter for most of last season, going 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts. However, he lost his final six decisions of the season and pitched to a 6.56 ERA over his last eight starts.

The 38-year-old has been an innings-eater his entire career, as he has exceeded 200 innings in each of the past three seasons, including a career- high 219 2/3 innings in his first Yankees campaign in 2012.

After a prosperous career in Japan, Kuroda came to the Dodgers in 2008 and pitched to a 41-46 mark with a 3.45 ERA in 115 games. In two years with the Yankees, he's 27-24 with a 3.31 ERA.

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