Jacoby Ellsbury is the Yankees most expensive player

It looks like the veteran outfielder will stay put in the Bronx

What to do with Elssbury?

What to do with Elssbury? | AP

The Yankees have a tough problem to solve and its name is Jacoby Ellsbury.

The player has $68 million dollars remaining in his contract for the next three seasons and does not even aim to start in the outfield for the New York Yankees in 2018.

General Manager Brian Cashman has said publicly that the "plan" with Ellsbury is to keep him as a fourth outfielder.

The reason why that's the plan is because trading the veteran has proved very difficult, especially since very few teams may be interested in a 34-year-old injury-prone player even though he hit for a .264 average in 2017, his best mark in his last three seasons with the "Bronx Bombers".

Another problem is that the veteran has a No-Trade Clause, so in the event of an interested party appearing Ellsbury must approve the movement.

Despite all that, it might be in the Yankees best interest to eat up a large part of Ellsbury's salary and a find a willing party to make room for Clint Frazier in the fourth outfielder, especially since he showed signs of being ready last season.

The problem with eating up Ellsbury´s large contract is that Hal Steinbrenner wants to reduce the payroll below the luxury tax limit especially with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado on the market next year, something that will prove very difficult for Cashman.