The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the New York Yankees on behalf of released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury in an attempt to regain the remaining $26 million on his contract, a source told The Associated Press.
Barring a settlement, the grievance will be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings.
New York converted Ellsbury’s seven-year, $153 million contract to non-guaranteed, contending he violated the deal by getting unauthorized medical treatment, and then released the 36-year-old outfielder on Nov. 20.
The Yankees said Ellsbury was treated by Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta without the team’s permission.
Ellsbury contends any treatment he received without authorization was for a non-baseball-related injury or condition, which does not require the club’s consent.
He has not played since 2017 because of a variety of ailments. The MLBPA is seeking the more than $21.1 million that was on his contract for 2020 plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021.
New York’s projected payroll is at the $248 million threshold where the highest luxury tax rate starts, and Ellsbury accounts for roughly $21.9…