Yanks still weighing trades for ellsbury and headley. Ellsbury an interesting one. Has full no-trade and doesnt want to leave. Wants to win CF job back. Nyy peeps say job belongs to hicks.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 10, 2017
Jacoby Ellsbury is still owed $63.4 million over the next three years and Chase Headley has just one year and $13 million left. The Yankees will have to pay Headley $1 million if he’s traded, per Cot’s Contracts.
According to reports, the Yankees are planning on rotating Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the corner outfield spots and DH, and Aaron Hicks will be the starting center fielder. That leaves Ellsbury as the 5th outfielder and a severe roadblock to Clint Frazier.
Headley, on the other hand, could still potentially fit on the roster, but the Yankees are right up against the luxury tax threshold following the Stanton trade and could use some wiggle room as they attempt to upgrade the pitching. After all, they have some flexibility in the infield with Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes and even Thairo Estrada.