Greg Bird sounds happy that his next chance is here.
Bird found a home on the Rangers with a minor-league deal after wading his way through free agency following a disappointing Yankees stint that started with him as a top prospect.
“American League, good opportunity, good team,” Bird told the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “A team that has a chance to compete and win. That’s what I want to be a part of.
“Everything kind of played out. I’ve never been through that. I didn’t even know about [the Rangers] in the beginning. We weren’t really even talking about this at all. But as the offseason goes, pieces fall, guys go here and there, this one presented itself and it was good.”
Bird, 27, missed most of last season with plantar fascitis, one of many injuries that derailed his time in The Bronx. In the 10 games he did play, Bird hit .171 with one home run and six RBIs. The Rangers represent a chance for legitimate playing time if Bird can prove himself healthy and capable this spring.
Ronald Guzman is currently the starting first baseman for Texas, though the paper describes his hold on the spot as “tenuous.”