Yankees Release Ellsbury, Bird and More

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Hard to believe, but the Yankees Release Ellsbury, Bird and more was what made sports headlines today.

Jacoby Ellsbury

This move was a couple of seasons overdue.

By cutting Ellsbury the Yankees will eat the $26 million remaining on the seven-year, $153 million free-agent contract the center fielder signed before to the 2014 season.

Ellsbury’s final season at $21 million wasn’t going to be insured and there is a $5 million buyout on a $21 million option for 2021.

This was just never a good contract as mostly the only thing Ellsbury was good for was to get catcher’s interference.

Even if Ellsbury was able to come back this season, there really isn’t a spot for him. It’s true that Aaron Hicks is probably out until August, but I fully expect the Yankees to re-sign Brett Gardner

Greg Bird

This one really hurts for me. I absolutely loved Greg Bird and he had his moments for the Yankees but, just like with Jacoby Ellsbury, Bird could never stay healthy.

Outside of his injuries, Greg Bird was the Mike Trout of Spring Training. He would always just dominate in the Spring and struggle during the regular season.

This one swing should have put Bird on the roster for good, but he just couldn’t stay healthy and that breaks my heart.

Bird did make some terrible errors in the field and once he was injured, lost his roster spot to a plethora of players. Chris Carter, Tyler Austin, Ji-Man Choi, Mike Ford and finally DJ LeMahieu.

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