Baseball Yankees release Ellsbury; Designate Bird and Cortes Jr. for assignment by Chris Passarelli November 20, 2019 In a not so surprising move, the New York Yankees finally released forever injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury hadn’t played all of last season and when he did play was often on the IL for long stretches of time. Ellsbury was such an afterthought that the Yankees kept him stashed away in Tampa for almost all of last season. Unfortunately for the Bombers, releasing Ellsbury means they have to pay his $21M contract as well as a $5M bonus that he’s owed. It’s well worth the price though as Ellsbury has been eating money on this team for years now. Good luck to Jacoby in his future ventures but his contract was a complete waste of money and the Yankees should have never signed him. In two more moves, the Yankees officially designated first baseman Greg Bird and pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. for assignment. Both players may be picked up by any team in the league and it’s unlikely that either will ever play for the Yankees again. For Bird, it’s a case of untapped potential. When Bird first came onto the scene a few years ago, he was dubbed as the first baseman of the future. After a multitude of injuries over the last three seasons, Bird has shown that he cannot be relied upon to stay healthy and therefore does not deserve a roster spot. Even when healthy, Bird’s pop over the past two years hasn’t been there and his defense has regressed. As for Cortes Jr., he was decent for the Yankees but was more flash than results. His unique delivery styles and quick-pitching made him a fan favorite, but his 5.67 ERA is an ugly reminder that strikeouts don’t always equal good pitching. The Yankees have many questions on their roster but these three can now be answered. Clearly the Yankees have seen enough from Luke Voit that Greg Bird won’t even be given the chance to compete and enough from Ellsbury to know that his time is over. However, this is just the beginning of a long offseason. Post Views: 532 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Chris Passarelli Football Editor - Hockey Editor - New York Islanders Lead Writer - New York Lizards Lead Writer - UConn Football Lead Writer Latest posts by Chris Passarelli (see all) Bigger is Better; SoFi Stadium Completes Largest Videoboard in Sports - July 1, 2020 Smoltz, Vrabel and Brown talk American Century Championship and Everything in Between - June 30, 2020 Nassau Coliseum to shutter indefinitely - June 17, 2020 How the Pause Affects the Islanders’ Stanley Cup Dreams - June 15, 2020 Related TopicsFeaturegreg birdJacoby EllsburyNestor Cortes JrNew York Yankees Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Headlines Trending Videos Baseline Jumper Baseline Jumper, Episode 129: Who’s Coming to Orlando and Who Isn’t (Audio) College DEVELOPING: The REAL reason why Rasir Bolton left Penn State Baseball MLB COVID Tracker Baseball MLB Announces Results of Early Testing, Names Released FACES Hard work has led to success for John Jacob in high school football FACES Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football Baseball Yankees’ Billy Martin’s Luxury Lake House For Sale College Ranking the Big Ten QBs Ahead of the 2020 Season FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: National Lacrosse League Host & Producer, Devan Kaney (VIDEO) Football “Overtime” – Ep. 43: New York Guardians 2020 Season Opener (Video) BIZ “Overtime” – Ep. 40: NY Raptors Thanksgiving Classic 2019 (VIDEO) Podcasts More in Baseball MLB COVID Tracker Last Updated: Tuesday, July 7 2020 Major League Baseball has had 30-plus players and... MLB Announces Results of Early Testing, Names Released Reports on Saturday announced Major League Baseball has seen 31 players and seven staff... The First Day of Summer Camp The first day of summer camp. It’s a day that signifies excitement, happiness and... A Timeline of Negotiations Between the MLB Owners, Players It all began on Mar. 26, 2020. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major... “Overtime” l Ep. 39: Mariano Rivera Foundation Gala – November 16, 2019 (Video) 2020 Modern Baseball Era Ballot: Which Former Stars Deserve the Call to the Hall?