The New York Yankees cut ties with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury after six seasons together, but the finer points of their relationship may not be ironed out just yet.
The Yankees are filing a grievance to try to retrieve at least some of the money they owe for the final year of Ellsbury's contract, prior to eating a $26 million lump sum.
According to the New York Post, the Yankees are attempting to recoup some of the $26 mil they owe Ellsbury in 2020 because he used an outside facility in an attempt to rehab his injuries.
Ellsbury has not played in a major league game since he pinch-ran in Game 4 of the 2017 ALCS. He missed most of the 2018 season due to a lower back injury, then missed the rest of it, plus the entire 2019 season, due to a torn labrum in his left hip, mixing in a foot issue along the way.
When on the field, Ellsbury produced numbers similar to those he produced as a member of the Boston Red Sox. In four years with the Yankees before the injuries, he averaged about 10 home runs, 50 RBI, and 25 stolen bases. However, it understandably seems many Yankee fans are not considering this one much of a loss.
Considering the playing time and money they've lost by signing him, they have every right to at least explore taking legal action to cut their losses.