If the Yankees can get an Ellsbury deal done, they will have won the jackpot. Granted, the 32-year-old has had a solid year, but from day one every outsider knew that the tail end of this ridiculous deal would be detrimental to the Yanks.
Right now is when the front office can use a solid year to their advantage. By agreeing to eat some of the yearly money owed to Ellsbury, they can potentially get a team to buy into a guy who can be a game-changing talent when healthy.
His abilities in center field and on the base paths go without saying, and sneaky power is a nice factor he has included in his game.
Removing him from the roster would not only relieve a major contractual burden, but it would open the door for flexibility in the outfield as the club moves towards an inevitable rebuild.