Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are willing to pay “at least half” of Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract in order to unload him.
That’s a lot of money, but given that Ellsbury is owed $21.142 million per year through 2020 with a $5 million buyout for this $21 million club option for 2021, he’d still be owed far more than his production currently supports. To wit: the 34-year-old outfielder has hit a meager .261/.331/.372 over the last three seasons with 63 stolen bases.
His contract, to which the Yankees signed him following the 2013 season, when he was 30 years-old, stands as one of baseball’s worst deals these days. And is likely on the back of the mind of all of baseball’s GMs as they contemplate free agent deals this offseason.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.