4 First Base Options The New York Yankees Could Pursue 1
May 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams (18) reacts after a play in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

With a chance that Greg Bird might miss all of 2017 on the table, which first basemen should the New York Yankees pursue at the deadline?

For the New York Yankees in 2017, first base has been an enormous issue from Opening Day and it doesn’t seem like an issue that will resolve itself.

Thanks to an early-season injury to Greg Bird, manager Joe Girardi has been scrambling for answers with the likes of Chris Carter, who was designated for assignment after striking out in 42 percent of his at-bats, and Tyler Austin, who could be heading to the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

As expected, New York owns the second-worst WAR (-1.3) in the majors from the position. Simply put, that narrative needs to change if they are going to stay competitive this season.

Thankfully, there are some options come July 31 that general manager Brian Cashman can pursue to fix this issue. If Austin were to hit the DL, that could mean the return of Carter being the only option — the opposite of ideal. Here are the four potential targets that could kick-start production from the first base position: