Yankees release Ellsbury, DFA Bird
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The New York Yankees released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and designated first baseman Greg Bird for assignment, the team announced Wednesday.

Ellsbury was owed over $21 million in 2020, the last guaranteed season of a seven-year, $153-million pact he signed in December 2013. The deal also had a 2021 option with a $5-million buyout.

The 36-year-old failed to live up to expectations while in the Bronx. The former All-Star slashed .264/.330/.386 with 39 home runs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games with the Yankees. He didn't play in 2018 and 2019 due to multiple injuries.

Bird, meanwhile, accrued a .725 OPS with 32 homers in 186 career contests with the Bronx Bombers. The 27-year-old only played in 10 games in 2019 due to a plantar fascia tear.

New York also DFA'd left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr.

The team added outfielder Estevan Florial and pitchers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson, and Miguel Yajure to the 40-man roster.

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