The MLB Player's Association has filed a grievance against the Yankees in an effort to recoup the remaining $26 million on released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's contract, according to the Associated Press.
Before releasing Ellsbury in November, the Yankees converted the remaining salary on his deal to non-guaranteed.
According to The New York Post, the Yankees alleged that Ellsbury used an outside facility that the team did not approve of while rehabbing the injuries that have kept him off the field since the end of the 2017 season.
"The Players Association will vigorously defend any action taken against Jacoby or his contract and is investigating potential contract violations by his employer," The Players Association said in a statement on Nov. 22.
Ellsbury has missed the last two seasons due to multiple injuries, which included requiring hip surgery in August of 2018.
Ellsbury's salary in 2020 was set to be $21 million, with a buyout of $5 million added to it. His deal also contained a 2021 option for $21 million.
After signing a seven-year, $153 million dollar deal with the Yankees, Ellsbury only appeared in four seasons for the team, hitting .264/.330/.386 in 520 games.
Despite a rocky tenure with the Yankees, the 36-year-old still wants to return to the game and is reportedly looking to make a comeback in 2021.