Sadly, the news was completely surprising. Aaron Boon announced yesterday that the rehabilitation of Jacobs Elsbury's surgeon's surgery is delayed by another disease (plantar fasciitis) and that he is well behind other players this year. The opening day has always been questioned. It is now almost certain that Elsbury will not be ready when the regular season begins.
At this point Elsbury is hurt or rehabilitation takes longer than expected. This is very important for the course of several years. Surprisingly, he will stay at home in Arizona in the next few weeks instead of reporting to other players on Monday. He will continue his rehabilitation at home and join the team in March.
"It does not make sense to come here at this point," said Dan Dan Martin Bryan Kashman yesterday. "After being able to escape and move forward, he will be here."
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For all intents and purposes, Elsbury, who is in Arizona, will not change anything. He will still work for recovery and will prepare for the season. He will do it only at home, instead of the Yankees. Symbolically, that Elsbury stays at home is as good as it is now. He is the third most paid player on the team and he is a non-factor, and has been for some time.
The Yankees have played 19 post-season games during the Elizabethan era, and Elsbury has started four of them. Aaron Hicks deservedly replaced him as a senior center in 2017, and now it is not even clear that Elsbury will fit on the bench as a fourth (really fifth) outsider. Do you remember when he struck cleaning for a few weeks in early 2017?
There are two years and about 47.5 million dollars remaining under Elsbury's contract. Over the last few weeks (the last few years indeed) we have been discussing hypothetical bad contracts for a bad contract that have never felt so realistic or probable. There is some commercial interest in Ellsbury, of course, but a deal with this framework is always long. I see two possible outcomes:
- Yankees release Elsbury
- Yankees find a bad contract for a bad contract for a commercial contract
These are listed in the order of what I think is most likely to happen. I know there's a name here, but the fact that Elsbury is already 35 years old has lost his job two years ago and is a man coming back from hip surgery. What contract would Elsbury receive as a free agent this winter? He would probably not have received offers and was forced to retire.
Between lasting injuries and his falling depth, Elsbury never looked better than the picture than he is now. He is not healthy and even if he is healthy, the Yankees do not have a clear need for him. It's the Yankees version of Blue Jay's version of Troy Tullitsky. Toronto owed a lot of money to Tulowitzki, but there was no room for him. They could either clench their teeth and cling to it or release it. They freed him.
In the case of Elsbury, the Yankees will reimburse their salary through insurance – "offset 75% of Elsbury's salary through insurance and do not reinvest it in the team," last year they did not get enough attention – and while it is, in the organization. Yankees will pick him up in the list of victims and collect insurance money as long as possible. And when it is not possible, it can be cut off.
Over the last few years, we've seen several teams releasing players with many years and big dollars remaining under their contracts. Toulovitsky, Pablo Sandoval, Carl Crawford, Jose Reyes, Hector Olivera and others. The Yankees themselves freed Alex Rodriguez with about $ 28 million and a year plus two months remaining under the contract. Teams are increasingly inclined to turn the page into bad contracts, including the Yankees.
Elsbury is so far away from the picture right now that he did not work out in the spring while he responded to the trauma – when did you last hear the general manager, "There was no point going out right now," for one player who to recover in the spring? – and if there are no injuries in the field, it's hard to see where it fits when it's healthy. He's part of the team, but he's not part of the team.
His wallet will be fine, though I feel bad about Elsbury, because the injuries never end, and he certainly seems to be getting rid of baseball. This is his livelihood and his passion, and I have no doubt that he wants to go back to the pitch and play. Injury prevents this, and he may never play again like Crawford and Oliver and A-Rod. Release may mean an end. For the Yankees, Elsbury's ever had no sense. He just was not a $ 20 million player a year when they signed it, and that's for them. Do not blame Elsbury for saying yes to this deal. For their part, the Yankees did not allow Elsbury to interfere with anything on the pitch. When Hicks broke out, he got a job in the center. When there were better opportunities for the post, Ellsbury was driving the bench. Now he's just hurt, and the Yanks do not even worry about taking him to the camp. Far from the eyes, away from the mind. It is not necessary. Let him do it alone, and if he ever healed and was ready to play, then the Yankees would figure out what to do. I guess this will be an unprincipled edition in the style of Tulowitzki. This has been building for some time and feeling closer to what's happening than ever before.