With Greg Bird the latest player to hit the shelf, the New York Yankees are turning to former foe Logan Morrison to fill the void.
The New York Yankees have signed free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor league deal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
First baseman Logan Morrison and the New York Yankees are in agreement on a minor league deal, sources tell ESPN. He's got an opt-out date of July 1 and will make $1 million if he's added to the major league roster.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 19, 2019
If Morrison is not on the Yankees roster come July 1, he has an opt-out clause in the deal where he can become a free agent again.
Morrison is certainly no stranger to the AL East after playing two years with the Tampa Bay Rays where he belted 52 home runs. Yankee fans can remember him when he expressed his displeasure of Gary Sanchez getting invited to the Home Run Derby over him back in 2017.
Through his nine-year career, Morrison has always shown some power launching 137 career long balls. Eighty-four of those long balls has come since 2015 including a career-high 38 back in 2017.
You have to wonder what this signing means for Greg Bird who was placed on the IL Tuesday. Morrison is a left-handed power bat, what Bird was supposed to be, who has shown he can hit at a consistent basis in the major leagues.
Is Bird’s injury more severe then we thought it was? Were the first few weeks of the season Bird’s last chance to make an impression? These are the questions going through the minds of Yankee fans, and the answers will come throughout the next few weeks.
Morrison still has to go through some sort of spring training before cracking the major league roster, but don’t be surprised to see the 31-year-old left on the Yankees roster at some point this year. The only thing we know for sure is he won’t be wearing No. 99 like he did with Minnesota last year.