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. 20th.
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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
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