The New York Yankees‘ players have been picking up injuries like the Red Sox pick up losses this season, but one player, coincidentally sent over from Boston to ruin our cap-space, has continued to follow a path of uselessness.
Outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury, has not only been nearly ruled out for the remainder of the season, but he’s picking up more injuries by doing absolutely nothing.
Prior to the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Giants on Sunday, manager Aaron Boone stated that Ellsbury is “dealing with different things” and that “a number of little things that continue to pop up.’’
Boone further said that Ellsbury is nowhere near a return or even live-action – that spells “insurance money” if you close your eyes.
Why are the New York Yankees being punished by Jacoby Ellsbury?
Was it Boston, bad luck, the strength and conditioning department? Who put Ellsbury up to this nonsense. After having hip surgery last year and spending the season on the IL, he picked up shoulder problems out of nowhere. Now simply throwing the ball seems to be too difficult.
The last time Jacoby played in a professional game was during the 2017 season, and now in a time where the Yanks need all the help, they can get he’s practically useless.
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How much money is Ellsbury owed?
Ellsbury, 35, is owed $42 million over the next two season, and there is a $5 million buyout of a $21 million option for 2021. However, the Yankees can collect insurance on his contract if he doesn’t play this season, which they’re probably expecting.
Essentially, if Jacoby remains inactive for the remainder of the season, the Bombers can collect $15,857,142 in insurance money. Unfortunately, it cannot be used to offset the luxury tax threshold. Another wrench thrown into the mix by the one valuable outfielder.