June 25, 2021

The Cubs should take a flyer on Jacoby Ellsbury (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

Jacoby Ellsbury used to be one of the best players in baseball. He led his league in stolen bases three times and finished second in MVP voting (2011) as a member of the Red Sox.

The Yankees signed him to a seven-year, $153 million contract after he posted a 5.7 bWAR season with the Red Sox in their World Series-winning year of 2013.

Oh, man, what a mistake. Ellsbury posted a couple of decent seasons, but nothing near what the Yankees wanted nor was it worth that level of money. Since 2017 he has suffered from the following injuries:

Ellsbury injured an oblique muscle in his right side early during spring training in 2018, developed a bad back and had hip surgery Aug. 6 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He experienced plantar fasciitis in his right foot during his rehab program before spring training this year.

That’s quite the list of injuries. As a result, Ellsbury has not played in a baseball game — at all, not even on a rehab assignment — since the 2017 ALCS. He’s now 36 years old, and the Yankees gave him his outright release Wednesday, costing them quite a bit of money:

Ellsbury is owed $26,285,714 by the Yankees in one of their biggest free-agent…

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