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Free (agent) as a Bird

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When the Yankees DFA’d Greg Bird 10 days ago in order to set their 40-man roster, they had that time to do various things.

Bird cleared waivers and refused an outright assignment to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He is now a free agent.

He filled in nicely for Mark Teixeira at the end of 2015, hitting .261-11-31 in 46 games (OPS+ 135) but since then has been injury prone, playing in just 140 games in the last 4 seasons, going .194-21-67, OPS+ 80. He didn’t play at all in 2016 and in just 10 games in 2019.

When he was healthy, in the 2015 and 2017 postseasons, he hit .250 with 3 HR and 6 RBI in 14 games.

Update: Pittsburgh named Derek Shelton as their new manager. He was bench coach for the Twins the past two seasons and once managed in the Yankees’ farm system.