September 22, 2021

Yankees Release Jacoby Ellsbury, Designate Greg Bird (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Yankees have released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and designated first baseman Greg Bird for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. The club has also designated left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. and added six players – outfielder Estevan Florial and right-handers Deivi Garcia, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure – to its 40-man roster. Ken Davidoff and George A. King III of the New York Post first reported the Yankees were considering releasing Ellsbury.

This brings to an end what a disappointing New York tenure for Ellsbury, a former star with archrival Boston who parlayed his success with the Red Sox into a seven-year, $153MM deal with the Yankees after 2013. Ellsbury was merely a decent to good contributor for the Yankees from 2013-17, and a series of injuries prevented him from taking the field at all over the previous two seasons. The Yankees currently have a need in center field with Aaron Hicks on the mend from Tommy John surgery and Brett…

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