MLB rumors: Yankees dump Jacoby Ellsbury, Greg Bird; Reds acquire Jose De Leon from Rays


We’re working our way toward the meat of the MLB offseason of 2019-20, which means pretty much all the action has yet to transpire. That said, rumors regarding free-agent player and team pairings and potential trades are already circulating, and we’re here to get you up to speed on all the scuttle. We also have a rundown of all of the key dates in this year’s offseason and our ranking of the top 50 free agents on the market, and here’s an explainer on the “luxury tax” and its implications for the winter

Now here’s what’s buzzing for Wednesday.

Yankees release Ellsbury, cut Bird

Prior to the Rule 5 Draft protection deadline Wednesday night, the Yankees released Jacoby Ellsbury and designated Greg Bird for assignment, the team announced. The moves cleared 40-man roster spaces for prospects the Yankees protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Ellsbury has not played since the 2017 ALCS and is owed $26 million in 2020, the final year on his seven-year, $153 million contract. He is one of the biggest free agent busts in baseball history.

As for Bird, the slugging first baseman has had trouble staying…

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