Yankees Release Jacoby Ellsbury, Designate Greg Bird
The Yankees have discharged outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and assigned first baseman Greg Bird for task as a major aspect of a progression of list moves. The club has likewise assigned left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. what’s more, included seven players – outfielder Estevan Florial and right-handers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure – to its 40- man list. Ken Davidoff and George A. Lord III of the New York Post initially revealed the Yankees were thinking about discharging Ellsbury.
This finishes an enormously baffling New York residency for Ellsbury, a previous star with archrival Boston who parlayed his prosperity with the Red Sox into a seven-year, $153MM manage the Yankees after 2013. Ellsbury was only a tolerable to great giver for the Yankees from 2014- 17, and a progression of wounds kept him from taking the field at all over the past two seasons.
The Yankees as of now have a need in focus field with Aaron Hicks recuperating from Tommy John medical procedure and Brett Gardner a free specialist, so the way that they’ve proceeded onward from Ellsbury and eaten the remaining $26MM-in addition to on his agreement addresses how far his stock has fallen. Presently, if the 36- year-old is going to proceed with his vocation, he’ll likely need to make due with a small time settlement with another association.
Wounds have likewise been ruinous for the 27- year-old Bird, whom the Yankees once viewed as their first baseman of things to come. Feathered creature was enormous during a 178- plate appearance debut in 2015, when the left-hander’s swing looked customized for Yankee Stadium, yet that is the main customary season greatness he has appeared to this point. Feathered creature missed all of 2016 in the wake of experiencing shoulder medical procedure and afterward hit a small .194/.287/.388 in 522 excursions to the plate from 2017- 19. Much appreciated to some extent to foot issues, he totaled just 41 PA at the MLB level this season. Now, it wouldn’t be an amazement to see another group exchange for or guarantee Bird, who still has three small time alternatives left.
Cortes, 24, is additionally in the DFA heap with Bird. The southpaw, a double cross individual from the Yankees association and furthermore a previous Oriole, saw broad MLB activity with New York in 2019. While Cortes limped to a 5.67 ERA/5.57 FIP in that 66 2/3-inning length, he amassed 9.32 strikeouts per nine against 3.78 strolls. Cortes additionally had a strong year at the Triple-A level, where he posted a 3.86 ERA/3.40 FIP with 9.53 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 over 39 2/3 edges. He has a couple of small time choices remaining.