There is never any good news for Yankees outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury. First, his he’s always hurt, and this season he had season-ending surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum. Now it’s being reported that his parking spot has been removed from Yankee Stadium.
The adventures continue for Yankees’ outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury in pinstripes. Ever since he signed with the Yanks via free agency on a seven-year $153 million deal back in 2014, his tenure in New York has been nothing but a disaster.
Dakota Randall of NESN.com reports that the Yankees’ have removed Ellsbury’s parking spot from Yankee Stadium:
"“One major league source said the Yankees had actually taken away Ellsbury’s parking spot at Yankee Stadium for this season,” WEEI’s Rob Bradford reported Saturday."
Is this common for Major League Baseball teams? If not, do the Yanks’ have a vendetta against Jacoby? If so, tensions may arise which could lead to a very awkward reunion next Spring Training. I can imagine he’d want to play elsewhere if things took a turn between him and the team (the feeling is mutual), so this news could make it easier for him to go to another team.
Unfortunately, the reality is the Yankees are likely stuck with Ellsbury and his terrible contract until 2020. There’s no way the Yanks will want to hold onto his services for 2021, so they’ll most likely exercise their club option to buy out the remainder of his contract. $21M certainly is not warranted for him anymore.
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Perhaps he’ll realize that the Bombers are a whole new team now with all their youngsters and a crowded outfield and he and his agent Scott Boras will ask the Yanks to pursue a trade to another team. As awful as Ellsbury has been with the Yankees if he’s healthy he could still fill a void in the outfield for another club.
He’s certainly not wanted by the fans anymore, with awful tweets telling him that they don’t want him stepping foot at Yankee Stadium again. I can’t imagine how it’d be when he actually returns and steps up to the plate. He would be greeted with some very loud boos.
Ellsbury had a .264 batting average in the 2017 season, slashing .348/.402/.750 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs. His prime year was in the 2011 season with the rival Red Sox when he had a .321 batting average, slashing .376/.552/.928 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs.
He’s now aging and his body clearly can’t keep up, as we’ve seen with all the injuries over the years. Hopefully, he’ll waive his no-trade clause waiver next season and a team is willing to pay half the money remaining on his contract and the Yanks’ can use the other half of someone else who can actually stay healthy.