Yankees release ex-Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

Yankees release ex-Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury”

The news is stunning, though not surprising - one just didn't expect Ellsbury and Bird's tenures to end so unceremoniously.

The New York Yankees have cut Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017. After winning his second ring with the Sox in 2013, he hit free agency and signed a mega-deal with NY in December. Having dealt with numerous injuries, including an oblique strain, hip ailment, torn labrum, and plantar fasciitis, Ellsbury didn't play a game for the Bombers the entire 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Although he has not stepped into the batter's box in almost two years, Ellsbury isn't ready to walk away from the game yet. The most recent came on September 30, 2017.

Through 186 games across four seasons with the Yankees (2015, 2017-19), Bird hit 32 home runs with 98 RBIs and a slash line of.211/.301/.424. For a bit of perspective, that's lower than Mike Trout's single-season WAR in three of the last six seasons.

The 27-year-old was long considered the Yankees first baseman of the future. Celebrity Net Worth reported Ellsbury's net worth at $50 million in 2018, however, his value is much higher than that. But Jacoby Ellsbury won't be playing for the Yankees anymore.

Bird missed all of 2016 after undergoing shoulder surgery. His power is legit, which figures to make him an attractive bench player.

Ellsbury won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award in that magical 2011 season, and if it weren't for Detroit's Justin Verlander, he may have walked away with the MVP as well. Then he'll have to stay healthy and prove he can contribute.

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