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November 22, 2019

The Yankees are coming for Ellsbury's salary dating back to 2017.
The Yankees are coming for Ellsbury’s salary dating back to 2017. (Kathy Willens/AP)

The Yankees plan to not pay Jacoby Ellsbury the remaining $26 million due under his contract, contending he violated the deal by getting unauthorized medical treatment.

New York general manager sent a letter to Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras, informing them the team converted his contract to a nonguaranteed deal, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made any public statements.

Ellsbury has not played since 2017 and was released by the Yankees on Wednesday. (READ MORE) by AP | USA Today

Two days after releasing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees now plan to inform the outfielder that they do not intend to pay him the remaining dollars they owe him. This comes after the team learned the chronically injured center fielder was receiving unauthorized and undisclosed medical treatment from an Atlanta clinic. (READ MORE) by NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Yankees are expected to officially file paperwork on Friday, once Jacoby Ellsbury clears release waivers, with the intent of converting Ellsbury’s contract from guaranteed to non-guaranteed, multiple industry sources told The Post. The basis of the endeavor is the Yankees’ contention that Ellsbury, who missed the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons due to multiple injuries, received medical treatment without the Yankees’ authorization for multiple years. (READ MORE) by Ken Davidoff and George A. King III

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