Yankees: 5 players who could be traded this offseason

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: Greg Bird #33 of the New York Yankees follows through on a home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

1B Greg Bird

Of all the players on the list nobody’s stock is lower than Greg Bird’s after the 2019 season. Once again it was a season ruined by injuries for the 26-year-old first basemen in what could potentially his last with the Yankees organization.

Bird entered Spring Training behind Luke Voit on the first base depth chart but actually made the 25-man roster out of camp and started at first on Opening Day. He hit his only home run of the season in that game but after that, it was all downhill. Bird was only hitting .171 with one RBI through his first 10 games and then on April 13th, he was placed on the IL with a left plantar fascia tear that forced him to miss the rest of the regular season. Even if Bird had been healthy enough to return during the second half to fill in for Voit when he was injured he still wouldn’t have played over the likes of DJ LeMahieu and rookie Mike Ford.

Bird is reportedly now healthy enough to return to action after it was announced on Tuesday that he will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic for Gigantes del Cibao. After basically missing the entire regular season this is a smart move by Bird to shake off some rust and help him prepare for next spring whether he remains with the Yankees or not. My guess is he’ll be gone because things just haven’t worked out for him at all in pinstripes over the past four seasons and a change of scenery might be what he needs to get his career back on track.

If he stays with the Yankees he’s going to be at the bottom of the first base depth chart next spring and will probably spend most of the 2020 campaign at Triple-A Scranton. LeMahieu, Ford, and Voit are all ahead of him in the pecking order and rightfully so. Bird and the Yanks are both better off if they dealt him to a club that still sees some upside in him and will give him a chance to be their everyday first basemen. I don’t even know what the Yankees could get for him at this point but I don’t think it really matters.

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It’s really a shame Bird was never able to stay healthy with New York after he showed so much promise as a rookie back in 2015. Hopefully, the Yankees do right by him and let him start fresh with another team.