Even when Greg Bird was shelved in mid-April with a torn left plantar fascia, it was very difficult to believe Mike Ford would be on the Yankees’ 40-man roster and Bird would be designated for assignment last week.
With a choice to retain one of the left-handed hitting first basemen, the Yankees went with Ford, who they got back from the Mariners after they selected him in the Rule 5 draft. The Yankees also have the right-handed Luke Voit to play first in 2020.
The move meant the Yankees had 10 days to trade or release the 27-year-old Bird. Ten days out from this past Wednesday is next Sunday.
So, where does Bird land? That depends on whom you ask.
While it’s not a silly idea to predict Bird will return to the Yankees on a minor league deal, that likely won’t happen. With Justin Smoak (Toronto Blue Jays) and Mitch Moreland (Boston Red Sox) free agents, those clubs could be interested in Bird. Colorado, which is where Bird is from, has one more year on Daniel Murphy’s contract and could view Bird as a future piece. Bird would be a good fit for the rebuilding Orioles, but they have the impossible-to-trade Chris Davis signed for three more years and $69…