The New York Yankees are reportedly filing a grievance against recently released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
On Wednesday, the New York Yankees finally decided to part ways with veteran outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The former Boston Red Sox All-Star missed the entire 2018 and 2019 seasons, citing numerous injuries. He last appeared for the Yanks in the 2017 American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
Despite the release, the Yankees still owe Ellsbury $26 million in 2020. Ellsbury was originally set to collect around $21 million in 2020, but $5 million was tacked on as a result of the buyout. However, according to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Bombers are trying to collect some of that money back.
This is due to the fact that Ellsbury supposedly used a third-party training facility to rehab the injuries he was dealing with. It’s unclear how much money the Yankees would be receiving from the grievance.
Ellsbury’s setbacks included a right oblique strain, a hip ailment, a torn labrum, as well as plantar fasciitis. He was the team’s primary starting centerfielder for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons, including much of the 2017 campaign.
Ellsbury, 36, originally inked a seven-year deal worth $153 million with the Yankees prior to the 2014 season. He only ended up playing in 520 games out of the possible 1,134 that he could’ve appeared in if he was with the Yankees for the length of the deal. Ellsbury’s most productive Yankees campaign came in 2014 when he hit 16 home runs with 70 RBIs and a slash line of .271/.328/.419.
It’s unclear what the remainder of Ellsbury’s baseball career will end up looking like.