|(Sept. 21, 2016 - Source: Mike Carlson/Getty Images North America)|
There have been so many positive moves made by the Yankees since the trade deadline last season but as we head into 2017 there is one big negative that I wish I could just erase. No matter where you rank him, Jacoby Ellsbury is one of the worst signings in franchise history. I call him my $153 million disappointment. It would be nice to see him somehow turn things around in the last four years of his contract but the Yankees didn't get the most for their money in the first three years so since it didn't happen earlier.....why would it now? Or ever?
|(Sept. 12, 2016 - Source: Rich Schultz/Getty Images North America)|
2013 tricked us all. The 52 out of 56 successful stolen base attempts are a thing of the past. He was supposed to be the Yankees "speed guy" but he has either forgotten how to do that again or he just refuses to try. As much as I want to believe that he wants to do it....I just don't. Joe Girardi has always let him control his own running game on the bases. He has never held him back. I don't know if he has no drive or if he just has no confidence in himself anymore. In his first three seasons on the team his stolen base attempts and failures have only progressively become worse.
|(Sept. 1, 2016 - Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)|
When Ellsbury was benched during the 2015 wild card game I was upset for a very brief point in time. In a one game do or die scenario against a lefty the Yankees needed every right handed bat they could get...and then as I thought about it I changed my mind about Girardi being crazy. Suddenly, I wasn't upset about a .257 hitter with no speed sitting on the bench.
|(Sept. 30, 2016 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)|
|(May 20, 2016 - Source: Stephen Lam/Getty Images North America)|
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