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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 05, 2020 at 01:48 AM (#5921745)
Worth a gamble. Bird hit .451/.556/1.098, for a 1.654 OPS, in 2017 Spring Training, winning the starting job, before what was initially thought to be a ‘minor’ injury in the last game. Never been the same since, but who knows.
   2. Barnaby Jones Posted: February 05, 2020 at 02:30 AM (#5921748)
The NYDailyNews citing wRC+. Things have really changed.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 05, 2020 at 07:52 AM (#5921766)
I know the Yanks are overloaded with talent and options, but this still saddens me immensely. Bird's like a latterday version of Nick Johnson, with obvious star potential but unable to fend off injuries. I hope he tears up the league in Arlington.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:10 PM (#5921948)
Nick Johnson was always a good hitter - he just couldn't stay on the field. Bird is both injury-prone and a bad player. He belongs on the Orioles.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:30 PM (#5921961)
He belongs on the Orioles.
Or the Blue Jays, or the Cardinals...

Funnily enough, Nick Johnson finished his career with the Orioles. I had no memory of that whatsoever.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:50 PM (#5921971)
Bird is both injury-prone and a bad player.

He's not bad at all when he's healthy, though by this time it'll be a miracle if his confidence isn't shot.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:58 PM (#5921973)
He's not bad at all when he's healthy

Career 96 wRC+. That's bad for a 1b. His most substantial MLB season (311 PA) yielded a 199/286/386 line, 82 wRC+.

There's really no evidence he's a good hitter anymore.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 05, 2020 at 01:09 PM (#5921981)
He's not bad at all when he's healthy, though by this time it'll be a miracle if his confidence isn't shot.

If I had hit an aggregate of .194/.287/.388 over the past four seasons, my confidence would be shot too. He's Chris Davis without the contract.

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