Bird Watching

Yankees bring Greg Bird back under minor league contract

TAMPA – Greg Bird is back with the Yankees.

The 29-year-old first baseman signed a minor league contract with the team on Tuesday, sources confirmed.

Bird will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where the Yankees previously stashed Ronald Guzman, who was also in camp on a minor league contract.

Anthony Rizzo is the first baseman, with DJ LeMahieu and possibly Marwin Gonzalez able to replace him.

But they don’t have much organizational depth there after trading Luke Voit to the Padres. Ronald Guzman, who was in the Yankees camp on a minor league contract, is also expected to be at SWB to open the season.

Bird pulled out of his minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Monday after being told he wouldn’t be on their 40-man roster, despite playing well during spring training.

The Yankees brought back Greg Bird on a minor league contract.
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The move brings left-hander Bird back to the team that drafted him in 2011.

He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2015, hitting 11 homers in 46 games.

But injuries quickly derailed his career, as he missed the 2016 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder during the offseason that required surgery.

Ankle and foot injuries that limited him to just 140 games from 2017 to 2019.

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Greg Bird with the Blue Jays during a spring training game against the Yankees on March 26, 2022.
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“You always think [what if]Bird said this spring of his tenure with the Yankees. “But you look at the past and learn from it, not dwell on it. It’s fun to reminisce and talk about. I will forever keep the memories I had with [Aaron Judge] and other guys. But it happened the way it happened and you can’t change it. We had fun and I can’t wait to see him play and play against him now.

The judge said last month that Bird was one of the best hitters he had played with.

“I still believe that,” Judge said.