Blue Jays Sign First Baseman

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Greg Bird to a minor league contract.

Bird was once viewed as a potential long-term option for the New York Yankees at first base. During his rookie season back in 2015, he had 11 home runs, 31 RBIs, and a .261 batting average. However, he would go on to miss the entirety of the 2016 campaign and has dealt with serious injury trouble since. This, in turn, would result in his production dropping and the Yankees eventually parting ways with him after the 2019 season.

Yet, Bird is a player who could provide the Blue Jays with some depth at the first base position. Although his ability to hit for contact has decreased, he still possesses a decent amount of power. Over the course of his 186-game major league career, he has 32 home runs, 98 RBIs, and a .211 batting average. 

In 112 games last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, he had 27 home runs, 91 RBIs, and a .267 batting average. It was a strong season for the 29-year-old, so perhaps the Blue Jays could give him a look this upcoming season. 

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