One of the Yankees' Worst Contracts of All-Time is Finally Gone

Rob Bradford
November 20, 2019 - 9:08 pm
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Well, that didn't work out as the Yankees had planned.

The Jacoby Ellsbury era in the Bronx has come to a close after the Yankees released the 36-year-old Wednesday night. 

Ellsbury had one more year left on his seven-year, $153 million deal with New York meaning the Yankees are still on the hook for the $21,142,857.15 he was owed for 2020 along with a $5 million buyout that was put in place for 2021 when the outfielder would have carried a team option for $21 million.

Due to a variety of injuries, Ellsbury hasn't played in the majors since 2017 when he totaled 112 games. In total, he played in 520 games for the Yankees totaling a combined .264 batting average and .716 OPS, hitting 39 home runs and stealing 102 bases. New York went 280-240 in regular-season games he played in.

Ellsbury never recaptured the level of performance turned in during the 2011 season when he hit .321 with a .921 OPS, 32 homers and 39 stolen bases.

Among other moves the Yankees made on Wednesday included designating first baseman Greg Bird and left-hand pitcher Nester Cortes Jr. for assignment. Minor league outfielder Estevan Florial and right-handers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure were added to the 40-man roster.

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