The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the Yankees in an attempt to regain the remaining $26 million on Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.
The report cited a person familiar with the process.
The Yankees released Ellsbury on Nov. 20 after unilaterally converting what was left of his seven-year, $153 million contract to a non-guaranteed pact.
The Yankees say Ellsbury violated his contract by getting medical treatment from Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta without the team’s permission.
Ellsbury, according to The Associated Press, says the treatment was for a non-baseball-related injury or condition, which his side says does not require the club’s consent.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the grievance will be heard by baseball’s neutral arbitrator.
Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, was at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for the news conference to welcome another of his clients, Gerrit Cole, to the Yankees. Boras was seated at the dais along with Yankees executives, including managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.
Ellsbury has not played since 2017 because of a variety of ailments. His contract calls for the 36-year-old to be paid more than $21.1 million for 2020 plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021.
Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games in six seasons with the Yankees.
He injured a muscle in his right side early in spring training in 2018, developed a bad back and had surgery that 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.
With The Associated Press