Undoubtedly, the worst signing of the New York Yankees in free agency in recent years, perhaps in their history, has been that of the outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Prior to the 2014 season, the Yankees signed Ellsbury to a 7-year, $ 153 million contract and at that time they thought they had signed one of the MLB's top fielders and an MVP candidate.
In that 2014 campaign, Ellsbury did not have terrible numbers when hitting .271 with 16 homers and 70 produced, but from there it went from bad to worse.
The injuries began to affect Ellsbury and every time he lost more games, and when he played the results were not so good. For 2018, Ellsbury did not play a game for the Yankees, as the injuries did not allow it and it seems that 2019 will be more of the same.
Before the 2019 season, many thought that Ellsbury would fight for a spot in the Yankees' lineup, but the left-handed hitter is still injured.
Even manager Aaron Boone, in his latest update of Ellsbury's situation, indicated that the outfielder is farther away now than in Spring Training, as the southpaw apparently has new injuries that he is struggling with.
This may be the reason why the Yankees withdrew Ellsbury's locker at Yankee Stadium, knowing their injuries would not allow him to play in all of 2019.
Ellsbury is still under contract for 2020 and will earn $ 21 million this season and another $ 21 million next.
With the news of Ellsbury's injuries, many fans of the Yankees are still asking a question:
Why Yankees do not let go to Jacoby Ellsbury as they did with AROD?
In 2016, the Yankees decided to let Alex Rodríguez (AROD) go when the third baseman no longer delivered the numbers the team expected, despite the fact that he still had to pay 21 million dollars for that campaign and 21 million for 2017 .
Does it sound similar?
So why not do the same with Ellsbury?
The reason is something simple, money.
While Ellsbury remains on the disabled list (IL) the Yankees are more than happy, because the team has an insurance in each of their contracts and that's why the team recovers some of its money when its players spend a full season in the IL
The insurer pays 75 percent of the contract of a player who spends an entire season on the disabled list.
For that reason of the 21 million won by Ellsbury in 2018, the Yankees recovered a total of 15.75 million dollars and if things continue as they go in 2019 the team would recover another 15.75 million dollars.
That was not an option with AROD and that's why Ellsbury has not received the same treatment from the Yankees.
The Bronx team could still let Ellsbury go before his contract ends, but it seems it will not be in 2019 and his fans will have to wait until 2020.