Jacoby Ellsbury was released by the New York Yankees on Wednesday evening. While this move didn’t come as much of a surprise to Yankees fans, it will be interesting to see what the next move is for the 36-year-old.
Is Ellsbury finished?
While Jacoby Ellsbury’s time with the Yankees is now officially over, he still has every intention of playing in 2020, according to the New York Post. The question is will anyone take a chance on him?
Ellsbury has not played since the 2017 ALCS due to numerous injuries — the worst of which resulted in hip surgery at the end of the 2018 season.
Although he has not stepped into the batter’s box in nearly two years, Ellsbury isn’t ready to walk away from the game yet.
“He’s finishing up his rehab [in Arizona] with a focus on Spring Training,” a source close to the outfielder told MLB.com. “I’m sure he will [try to play in 2020].”
Ellsbury was a star in his first seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox with his best numbers coming in 2011.
He hit 32 home runs, drove in 105, and finished the year with a .321 batting average. Ellsbury also led the league in total bases that season with 364.
Ellsbury won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award in that magical 2011 season, and if it weren’t for Detroit’s Justin Verlander, he may have walked away with the MVP as well.
Jacoby Ellsbury net worth now
While Ellsbury didn’t produce for the Yankees, as fans and management had hoped, he sure did collect a nice paycheck along the way.
So just how much is the slugger worth in 2019? Celebrity Net Worth reported Ellsbury’s net worth at $50 million in 2018, however, his value is much higher than that.
The Yankees still have to pay Ellsbury the final $21 million of his $153 million deal in 2020. Taking that into consideration, and also accounting for the millions he made in 2019, Ellsbury’s current net worth could be much higher heading toward 2020.