Try and stifle your laughter.
Jacoby Ellsbury’s time with the Yankees is over after they cut him on Wednesday night, but he still envisions playing in the big leagues in 2020. Ellsbury has not played since the 2017 ALCS, thanks to a variety of injuries, including hip surgery at the end of the 2018 season.
So, where exactly is Ellsbury now?
“He’s finishing up his rehab [in Arizona] with a focus on Spring Training,” a source close to the outfielder told MLB.com. “I’m sure he will [try to play in 2020].”
It may sound unlikely to any Yankees fan who has waited for two years for the 36-year-old to come out of hibernation. He does provide one advantage, though, that the Yankees will never know. He’ll be cheap.
The Yankees have to pay Ellsbury the final $21 million of his $153 million contract in 2020, so any team who wants to take a flier on the outfielder would likely be getting him at a minimum price.
“It’s a freebie for someone,” one AL executive said.