Brian Cashman calls out Jacoby Ellsbury and others 8

Yankees GM Brian Cashman has a tendency to tell things like it is.

That’s why it wasn’t a surprise when Cashman singled out Jacoby Ellsbury and a few others when it came to needing production during the 2017 season.

Ellsbury, who was the main source of Cashman’s disappointment, was signed to a $153 Million contract more than three years ago. Since then, Ellsbury has had issues living up to his contract. Ellsbury’s “runs created” stat was the third worst among all center fielders in 2016.

Cashman said there needs to be changes.

“I’m not going to single (Ellsbury) out because as I point to him, I’m pointing to (Michael) Pineda, (Starlin) Castro and Didi (Gregorius) amongst others that they have the ability, if you’re still growing in the game like some of those guys are, there’s benefits that still could be delivered and tapped into — with Ellsbury as well,” Cashman said on Thursday to reporters at George M. Steinbrenner Field,

Over the course of the season, the Yankees banished Ellsbury from the lead-off spot in favor of Brett Gardner, who outperformed Ellsbury in the outfield and on the bases. Gardner had a .351 OBP and won a Gold Glove for his impressive defense in 2016.

Pineda, who is in the final year of his contract, has shown flashes of brilliance. However Pineda has been unreliable for the Yankees. He went 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA last season.

Castro hit 21 home runs, but he had an abysmal .300 OBP and struggled at second base.

Gregorius had for the most part a good season, but the Yankees were concerned with his patience at the plate and his inability to field simple plays at shortstop. Cashman did acknowledge Gregorius has a knack for highlight reel plays.

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8 thoughts on “Brian Cashman calls out Jacoby Ellsbury and others

  • Terry

    Nice to see him call out Ellsbury but I don't think I'd put Didi and Castro in the same boat as Big Mike and Ells. The latter two's seasons were far more disappointing. Plus, we're going to need everyone not named Gary to play better. Not just those guys

    • Jerry

      I agree, I was very happy with both DiDi and Castro, sabremetrics says different, but you know what's going to happen, we are going to watch players play 10 to 20 years , day in and day out, thinking they are good but not great, but sabremetrics is going to tell, OH No, these are Hall of Famers. And in that time they will come up with more advanced metrics and who knows what? These guys are not robots , there are so many variables that can affect a baseball player. Yes, I'm a fan of Castro, he's got pop and at the beginning of last year, he was the only one that hit.

  • Dago Red

    I could not have said it better Terry, I do believe when the YANKEES signed Ellsbury. There only reason was to deprive the red sox of his service. Unfortunately, the plan did not work. The YANKEES received a "china doll" that is very fragile. I do believe that they need to eat some of the contract and move on.

  • Rob Abruzzese

    I'm not sure where that comment came from, but I've deleted it. Lucy — if you read this — please consider this a warning. I've only deleted the comment, but the next step is banning you from the site. There was no need for any of that.

  • Michael

    I thought signing Ellsbury was a panic move for losing Cano. I can't believe this idiot has a job. Cashman is barely qualified to work concessions;