Ellsbury (foot) was released by the Yankees on Wednesday. Ellsbury hasn't seen game action since 2017 and the Yankees have been unable to provide any updates about his status for 2020, so it's not a major surprise to see the team opting to move on despite the associated cost. The 36-year-old was set to receive $21 million next season, and the move also requires a $5 million buyout. He originally signed a seven-year, $153 million deal in December 2013 and posted a .716 OPS in 520 games with New York. At this point it's unclear if Ellsbury will play professional baseball again, but he certainly won't be doing so for the Yankees.
Ellsbury (foot/hip) has an uncertain playing status for the 2020 season, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Ellsbury has not played since 2017, and general manager Brian Cashman said that he is "not in a position health wise" to know whether he will be an option for the team in 2020. The 36-year-old is unlikely to play for the Yankees again despite having one year remaining on his contract.
Ellsbury (foot/hip) has not resumed baseball activities and has no shot of playing this season, Randy Miller of NJ.com reports. Ellsbury worked out indoors Friday but has not progressed to baseball activities and will not return to the field this season. The 35-year-old has not played since 2017 and is unlikely to don a Yankees uniform again despite having one year remaining on his $153 million contract.
Ellsbury (foot/hip) is moving toward full workouts, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. He has dealt with several injuries this year, including plantar fasciitis and most recently a hip issue that slowed him in his rehab. Ellsbury is without a timetable to return and has not yet progressed to baseball activities.
General manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that Ellsbury (foot) continues to rehab at the Yankees' spring-training faciltiy in Tampa but has yet to resume on-field work, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "He's still in the physical-therapy mode," Cashman said. The Yankees have provided few updates on Ellsbury's condition in the past few months and aren't realistically expecting him to contribute in 2019. Ellsbury, 35, hasn't appeared in even a minor-league rehab game since 2017 and has been written off as a sunk cost in the sixth season of his seven-year, $153 million deal. Stashing Ellsbury on the 60-day injured list will at least allow the Yankees to earn about 75 percent of his contract back via insurance as long as he remains idle.