As of right now, the Yankees owe Jacoby Ellsbury $26 million. But they're reportedly hoping to reduce that bill.
The Yankees are filing a grievance because Ellsbury, whom they released Wednesday, used an outside facility to rehab injuries, the New York Post's George A. King III reported, citing several people with knowledge of the situation.
Ellsbury, 36, has not played since 2017, missing the past two seasons with oblique, back and hip injuries. The Yankees owe him $21 million for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout for not picking up his 2021 option.
The Yankees signed Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million contract before the 2014 season but never got their money's worth out of the former Red Sox All-Star outfielder, as he hit .264 with 39 home runs over the four seasons when he suited up.
Ellsbury, meanwhile, is preparing to return to the field in 2020, a source close to him told MLB.com.