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…