TAMPA — Mike Ford is aware of the players the Yankees brought into camp on minor league deals, including established veterans such as Jay Bruce and Derek Dietrich — both lefty swingers who can play first base, just like Ford.
“I always try to perform, especially when I’ve got a little chip on my shoulder,’’ Ford said Wednesday. “There’s great competition here with a lot of experience. Who knows where the chips are gonna fall?”
Bruce, who had made a running catch in left field already this spring, looked sharp at first base in Wednesday’s 4-1, seven-inning win over the Blue Jays. He also added two hits, including a double.
Dietrich, who played third base on Wednesday, also hit his first homer of the spring.
Ford, who roped a double on Tuesday against the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., said on Wednesday, “it was a great feeling,” especially following a rough 2020, when he had just 10 hits in 74 at-bats and his OPS plummeted to .496 after a .909 mark the previous season.
“I haven’t lost any confidence hitting,’’ Ford said. “You learn from it and move past it. 2021 is a new year…