By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Yankees have to make a decision that will impact Greg Bird’s future with the organization.
That’s the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players on the 40-man roster who aren’t signed for the 2020 season. If a player isn’t offered a contract he becomes a free agent. If he is offered a contract he becomes a signed player with a salary to be determined later.
As of Tuesday night the Yankees’ 40-man roster was at 36, and that didn’t include 18-game winner Domingo German who is expected to be suspended at the start of next season for violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy this year.
With prospects Estevan Florial, Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Rony Garcia and Nick Nelson likely to be added to the 40-man roster to protect them from being selected in the Rule 5 draft at next month’s winter meetings in San Diego, the Yankees need to clear roster space. And that is before any free agents are signed.
Teams often make trades leading to the deadline before not tendering players. While not tendering right-hander Chance Adams would be an easy call if he isn’t dealt, that’s not the case with the 27-year-old Bird, who was the Yankees’…