July 25, 2021

MLB Players Union Files Grievance On Behalf Of Jacoby Ellsbury (MLB Trade Rumors)

The MLB Players Association has filed a grievance against the Yankees in regards to the team’s plans to withhold Jacoby Ellsbury’s salary for the 2020 season, Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports.  The matter will be heard by an arbitrator, with no timeline given as to when the hearing will take place or when a decision could be rendered.

Some type of official challenge on the union’s behalf was a given, once the Yankees’ intentions were made public last month.  At the time, the MLBPA released a statement saying the union “will vigorously defend any action taken against Jacoby or his contract and is investigating potential contract violations by his employer.”

Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153MM deal with the Yankees prior to the 2014 season that has turned out to be one of the most notable free agent busts in recent memory.  Injuries have kept Ellsbury off the field entirely for the last two seasons, and he only hit .264/.330/.386 in 2171 PA over his first four seasons…

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