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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Greg Bird signs minor league deal with Rangers

Former Yankees first baseman Greg Bird flew south to Texas for the winter, signing a minor league deal with the Rangers.

Bird also received an invite to Spring Training. The 27-year-old was highly touted as a Yankee prospect, clubbing 11 home runs in his first 46 games in 2015 and establishing himself as Mark Teixeira’s successor. But injuries and poor hitting derailed Bird’s Yankees career as he hit .194 since 2016. Over that stretch, he posted a wRC+ of 86, meaning his offense has been 14% worse than league average.

Despite his struggles, Bird remained a regular fixture on the Yankees, even starting at first on Opening Day. However, Luke Voit has been dominant at the plate (.285, 35 home runs, 141 wRC+) since the Yankees acquired him in 2018. Mike Ford’s impressive 2019 debut made Bird redundant on the Yankees roster, making him an unsurprising non-tender.

Well, that’s one less Yankee on the IL next year…...

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
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