Sources -- Yankees say Jacoby Ellsbury got unauthorized medical treatment
The New York Yankees intend to not pay Jacoby Ellsbury the remaining $26 million due under his contract, contending he violated the deal by receiving unauthorized medical treatment, sources confirmed to ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.
According to multiple reports, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sent a letter to Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras, informing them the team had converted his contract to a nonguaranteed deal.
The Yankees said Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017 due to myriad injuries, was treated by Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta without the team's permission, according to multiple reports.
The New York Post first reported that the Yankees didn't intend to pay Ellsbury, who had two years remaining on his $153 million, seven-year contract when he was released Wednesday.
Ellsbury and The MLB Players' Association can file a grievance challenging the conversion of the contract to nonguaranteed.
Ellsbury is owed $26,285,714 by the Yankees in one of their biggest free-agent mistakes: $21,142,857 for next season plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021. If Ellsbury is not paid, that amount would come off the Yankees' luxury-tax payroll next year.
He was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as the Yankees added seven players to protect them from next month's Rule 5 draft.
Now 36, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games over four seasons with the Yankees. He spent his ...
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