BaseballYankees release Ellsbury; Designate Bird and Cortes Jr. for assignment by Chris Passarelli November 20, 2019 In a not so surprising move, the New York Yankees finally released forever injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury hadn’t played all of last season and when he did play was often on the IL for long stretches of time. Ellsbury was such an afterthought that the Yankees kept him stashed away in Tampa for almost all of last season.Unfortunately for the Bombers, releasing Ellsbury means they have to pay his $21M contract as well as a $5M bonus that he’s owed. It’s well worth the price though as Ellsbury has been eating money on this team for years now. Good luck to Jacoby in his future ventures but his contract was a complete waste of money and the Yankees should have never signed him.In two more moves, the Yankees officially designated first baseman Greg Bird and pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. for assignment. Both players may be picked up by any team in the league and it’s unlikely that either will ever play for the Yankees again.For Bird, it’s a case of untapped potential. When Bird first came onto the scene a few years ago, he was dubbed as the first baseman of the future. After a multitude of injuries over the last three seasons, Bird has shown that he cannot be relied upon to stay healthy and therefore does not deserve a roster spot. Even when healthy, Bird’s pop over the past two years hasn’t been there and his defense has regressed.As for Cortes Jr., he was decent for the Yankees but was more flash than results. His unique delivery styles and quick-pitching made him a fan favorite, but his 5.67 ERA is an ugly reminder that strikeouts don’t always equal good pitching.The Yankees have many questions on their roster but these three can now be answered. Clearly the Yankees have seen enough from Luke Voit that Greg Bird won’t even be given the chance to compete and enough from Ellsbury to know that his time is over. However, this is just the beginning of a long offseason. Post Views: 708The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsChris PassarelliFootball Editor - Hockey Editor - New York Islanders Lead Writer - New York Lizards Lead Writer - UConn Football Lead WriterLatest posts by Chris Passarelli (see all) NFL Network to Premiere ‘The Top 100 Players of 2020’ on July 26 - July 22, 2020 The ‘Toilet Bowl’ may be coming to Western New York - July 16, 2020 Bigger is Better; SoFi Stadium Completes Largest Videoboard in Sports - July 1, 2020 Smoltz, Vrabel and Brown talk American Century Championship and Everything in Between - June 30, 2020 Related TopicsFeaturegreg birdJacoby EllsburyNestor Cortes JrNew York Yankees Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 No Shame in Their Game – Female Mixed Martial Artists Use Onlyfans to Make Money by Brandon Berrios | posted on December 4, 2020More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... “Overtime” l Ep. 39: Mariano Rivera Foundation Gala – November 16, 2019 (Video) 2020 Modern Baseball Era Ballot: Which Former Stars Deserve the Call to the Hall?