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How the Yankees can solve the Jacoby Ellsbury problem

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It seemed like getting rid of Sonny Gray would be one of the Yankees’ first offseason moves, yet it looks like he’ll stick around into 2019. The Bombers also considered flipping Jacoby Ellsbury to the Mariners for Robinson Cano, but the former Yankee ended up in Queens instead. That brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt:

How should the Yankees solve the Jacoby Ellsbury problem?

Sometimes a contract just doesn’t work out. The expensive outfielder didn’t even suit up for the Yankees last year, after suffering injury after injury until he had surgery and was shut down for the season. Ellsbury, 35, is set to earn $21.1 million in 2019 and 2020. He also has a $21 million team option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout. This is all less than ideal considering that the Yankees already have four outfielders on the roster, plus Clint Frazier. Not to mention that Ellsbury is made of glass and hasn’t even hit that well during his time in pinstripes.

So, what should the Yankees do with him? They could count on him being healthy and use him as outfield depth, or they could cut the dead weight and release him like they did with Alex Rodriguez. A bad-contract for bad-contract swap wouldn’t be terrible if the Yankees netted a pitcher or infielder. Head over to the FanPost section and share your idea with us. We’ll feature one of the submissions on the front page on Friday.

How will we select which FanPosts to promote to the front page? Some of it will be subjective. If you follow our tips, you should find yourself on the right track. We will also be looking for FanPosts with comments and recommendations. Depending on the number of responses we get, receiving some recs on your post could separate your FanPost from the crowd. Additionally, if your post has a number of comments then it may have sparked some worthwhile discussions. These are just a few things we’ll be looking for when we decide which post(s) to promote on the front page. We are always on the lookout for new talent, and the FanPost section can be a great way to get our attention.

Submit your answer in the FanPost section before Friday (January 4th) for your post to be considered.