The reason, of course, is that the Yankees, like all professional sports teams, take out hefty insurance policies on many of their players. First it was an oblique strain, then a hip issue that required a cortisone shot. to a 7-year deal with the desperate Yankees. More and more, the NBA is now an isolation, 1 on1 league. According to a source in the Mets organization, Wright’s policy cost the team $2 million, and has been been repaying the team 75% of Wright’s $20 million yearly salary for the time he has missed since 2015. He had season-ending hip surgery that August, and still hasn’t fully recovered from that or his plantar fasciitis all this time later. Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports for Newsday, the New York Post, ESPN, the New York Times and the New York Sun since 1983, as a boxing writer, a general…. Should Jacoby Ellsbury's number be retired? I have Alex Rodriguez pretty high on that list as well. Please support the journalism you trust. His chronic injury problems began the next spring when he suffered an oblique injury that kept him off the 2018 Opening Day roster. Enter your email address to follow Sports Update and receive notifications of new posts by email. I mean, should they give him credit for having signed the worst free agent contract in team history? Starters play at certain times vs. bench players. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. While rehabbing from that, Ellsbury developed hip issues and then plantar fascilitis. Jacoby Ellsbury contract details, salary breakdowns, payroll salaries, bonuses, career earnings, market value, transactions and statistics. Looking forward to a spring training where we don’t have to speculate about Bird at first base. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. And what if Ellsbury gets to doing baseball activities such as hitting, fielding and throwing? And in the midst of it all, when it seemed as if he might actually be on the way back, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone had to sheepishly admit that Ellsbury had been sent home from the Yankees minor-league complex in Tampa because he was “under the weather.’’ Boone could barely repress a smirk as he reported the news. Especially the point guard, Dragic. (Some, like Alex Rodriguez, opt to get paid year-round, reducing that bi-weekly paycheck somewhat. That adds up to all of last season, all of this season so far, and all but 38 games in 2016 and 37 games in 2017. But the more I look at the current state of affairs between the New York Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury, their $153 million part-time centerfielder, the more it appears that Ellsbury’s absence for the first third of the season is working out quite well for everyone concerned.