Of course, it was an addition by subtraction ploy back then. Get him off the Red Sox and to the Yankees. Unfortunately for them, they overpaid, and the injuries...That inspired me to look up Ellsbury's b-ref page. Man...it's unbelievable how much the Yankees paid for him, and other than a solid 2014, how little he gave them. LOL
BTW, how did that guy hit so few doubles? Raw speed alone and a decent batting average would make you think he ought to have hit a lot more. His stellar 2011 aside, which you referenced, he only hit more than 27 doubles ONCE, in 2013, when he hit 31. Meanwhile a lot of guys a lot slower hit a lot more doubles regularly. I don't get it.