According to one MLB insider, it’s unlikely that Greg Bird will fly too far from his former perch in the New York Yankees organization.
Per one scout, speaking to the New York Post’s George A. King III, that horror-movie scenario could easily occur.
“Because of the injury history, I would think he gets a minor league deal,’’ the anonymous source told King. “And because he is a one-position player, I believe he will get more interest from the American League clubs than the National League.’’
In his journalistic wisdom, King took that gossip and ran to the darkest possible setting—Fenway Park. King cited the fact that Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland is a free agent, which could make Bird attractive to the Yankees’ hated rivals.
Most Bombers fans likely wish Bird well in his travels outside the Yankees empire; however, it’s hard to imagine anything scarier than watching the lefty swinger soar in Boston.
The Sox visit Yankee Stadium and its short porch in right field way too many times for that.
Bye Bye Birdie! Yankees DFA Greg Bird. His injuries were his ultimate downfall but I’m still forever grateful for this moment. pic.twitter.com/Qy0NirKyby
— Jake Montgomery (@JakeMontgomery_) November 21, 2019
Of course, Bird could actually end up with any MLB organization.
He’s still the guy who blasted 11 homers in his first 157 MLB at-bats in 2015. Even though injuries have limited him to only 454 ABs since then, he’s compiled 32 dingers and 98 RBIs.
At just 27 years old, there’s still time for him to get healthy and productive before he enters his prime. Plenty of teams will be willing to take a chance on him.
Bird certainly may fly again. He might even return as a Yankee killer, his name evoking ominous fowl imagery straight out of Edgar Allan Poe.
At least until he gets hurt again.