The last time Jacoby Ellsbury featured in the New York Yankees starting lineup was during the 2017 ALCS. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder had one solid season in the Bronx, his first with the Yankees in 2014. He hit .271 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs, capping a strong start to his career with his former rival.
The New York Yankees finally did what needed to be done:
However, the Yankees cut Ellsbury on Wednesday, officially marking him in the “bust” category after spending a lucrative $153 million for four years of average play.
During 2015-17, Ellsbury hit .261/.331/.372 overall, and he missed time in each of those seasons. Maybe it was a conspiracy with the Red Sox to waste away Yankee money, or it was Ellsbury’s fragile body that couldn’t take the organizational perfection the Bombers demand.
Last month, general manager Brian Cashman was vague on the return of the veteran outfielder, stating:
“It’s hard to say based on how things have played out,” Cashman said at the time. “Right now, he’s not someone in a position health-wise where I can answer anything in the affirmative.”
This was essentially Ellsbury’s death-wish. Having missed all of the…