Jacoby Ellsbury has had the opportunity to play for two great organizations during his time in the MLB. Early on in his career, he had some success and won some individual awards.
Ellsbury has won multiple World Series during his career and has also made a good amount of money. The last two seasons he has missed due to injuries, but he was still getting paid.
Looking at Jacoby Ellsbury’s baseball career
Ellsbury enjoyed a successful college baseball career at Oregon State University. He was a Baseball America first-team All-American and Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the first round of the 2005 MLB draft.
He made his MLB debut in June of 2007. That season he played in 33 games and finished with a .353 batting average. He was sent back down to the minor leagues after playing six games with the Red Sox, but he was called back up in September when the league expanded rosters. Ellsbury was named MLB’s American Rookie of the Month for September and going into the playoffs, and he continued to play at a high-level. In 11 postseason games, he hit .360 in 25 at-bats. The Red Sox made it to the World Series that season and took on the Colorado Rockies. During the World Series, he hit .438 with four doubles and a stolen base to help the Red Sox defeat the Rockies. Ellsbury was a World Series champion in his first season.
During his time in Boston, Ellsbury was named an All-Star and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in the same season. He was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2011 after battling injuries the season before. Ellsbury went on to win another World Series title with the Red Sox in 2013.
Jacoby Ellsbury signing a big contract with the New York Yankees
In December of 2013, Ellsbury signed a seven-year $153 million deal with the Yankees, which included an option for an eighth year. The Red Sox and Yankees have a historic rivalry, and Ellsbury had success in Boston when he first came to the league. Who would have known that he would end up playing for the rival team?
The Yankees had big expectations for Ellsbury when he joined the team. In his first season, he batted .217 with 16 home runs and stole 39 bases. Ellsbury played for seasons with the Yankees, and he missed the last two seasons because of injuries. But during the 2018 and 2019 season, Ellsbury was still getting paid.
Jacoby Ellsbury missed the last two seasons and still made a nice amount of money
Going into the 2018 season, Ellsbury was looking to start his 12th year in the league. Unfortunately, he was not ready for Opening Day because of a right oblique strain. It was later revealed that he was diagnosed with a hip ailment and had to get surgery, forcing him to miss the entire season.
Ellsbury would miss the 2019 season as well due to injuries. But one thing that Ellsbury was doing was making money. According to an article from nj.com, while he was injured, he was making $130,511.46 per game. Ellsbury came out on top during that contract because the Yankees still had to pay him while he wasn’t playing. The Yankees released Ellsbury in 2019, and he is still looking to get back into the league.