Yankees Cut Jacoby Ellsbury With $26M Left On Contract

Yankees Cut Jacoby Ellsbury With $26M Left On Contract

Ellsbury played only 520 games over his seasons in NY, missing the last two entirely because of a series of injuries.

The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract.

NY also designated first baseman Greg Bird for assignment Wednesday while adding seven prospects to its major league roster before the deadline to protect prospects eligible for next month's Rule 5 draft. They added seven players to protect them from next month's Rule 5 draft.

He is owed $21.1 million for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout for 2021.

Ellsbury established himself as one of the best outfielders in baseball throughout his time in Boston, finishing third in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2008 and second in MVP voting in 2011. He played well in 2014, batting.271 with 16 homers and 39 stolen bases. He spent his first seven seasons with Boston and was in All-Star in 2011, and arrived in NY with a.284 career average, 104 homers, 512 RBIs and 343 steals for Boston.

Ellsbury missed all of 2018 after undergoing hip surgery and all of 2019 due to various injuries.

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