June 13, 2021

MLBPA files grievance against Yankees on Jacoby Ellsbury’s behalf (New York Post)

Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t off the Yankees’ payroll just yet.

The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of the oft-injured outfielder, attempting to recover $26 million Ellsbury was set to receive from the Yankees, prior to his release on Nov. 20, according to The Associated Press.

The Yankees converted the remainder of Ellsbury’s disastrous seven-year, $153 million contract to non-guaranteed, claiming that the 36-year-old violated his deal upon receiving unauthorized medical treatment. Dr. Viktor Bouquette has disputed the team’s charges and Ellsbury contends the treatment didn’t require team approval since it was for a non-baseball-related injury or condition.

Ellsbury, who hasn’t played in two full seasons due to a variety of ailments, was due to make $21 million in 2020 and eligible to receive a $5 million buyout in 2021. The Post has also reported that the Yankees could look to recoup some of the $127 million already paid to Ellsbury.

Including Ellsbury’s salary, the Yankees are currently well above the $208 million competitive balance tax threshold, with the current projected payroll near $248 million, where the luxury tax…

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