Yankees to withhold $26 million from Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder.
The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder. –Bill Kostroun/AP File Photo

The Yankees do not want to pay Jacoby Ellsbury the remaining $26 million due under his contract, contending he violated the deal by getting unauthorized medical treatment.

New York general manager Brian Cashman sent a letter to Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras, informing them the team converted his contract to a nonguaranteed deal, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made any public statements.

Ellsbury has not played since 2017 and was released by the Yankees on Wednesday.

According to the person who spoke with the AP, the Yankees said he was treated by Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta without the team’s permission.

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Ellsbury spent his first seven seasons with Boston and was in All-Star in 2011, and arrived in New York with a .284 career average, 104 homers, 512 RBIs and 343 steals for Boston.

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