The New York Yankees do not intend to 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 that the team had converted his contract to a nonguaranteed deal.
The Yankees said that Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017 because of 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 seven-year, $153 million contract when he was released Wednesday.
Ellsbury and the Major League Baseball Players Association can file a grievance challenging the conversion of the contract to nonguaranteed.
“The players’ association will vigorously defend any action taken against Jacoby or his contract and is investigating potential contract violations by his employer,” the union said in a…