New York Yankees first base prospect, Greg Bird, will miss the 2016 season with a torn labrum. At 23-years-old Bird is considered a top Yankees’ prospect, shedding his status when he emerged in New York last August and hit .261/.343 with 11 HR and a .871 OPS in 178 at bats. With an injury prone and aging, Mark Teixeira, hitting in the middle of the order and manning first base, Bird was likely to play in the minor leagues for one more season but provided very solid insurance for Tex’s inevitable injury. Teixeira missed the end of last season and hasn’t played more than 123 games in a season since 2011.
With the injury the Yankees suddenly find themselves very vulnerable in both corners of the infield with Chase Headley coming off a poor season offensively and defensively and Teixeira’s aforementioned injury concerns. The Yankees have no further insurance in the minor leagues ready to step in and outside of Dustin Ackley, don’t have anyone truly capable at the major league level either.
With Bird set to return next year and Teixeira a free agent at the end of this season, the Yankees could use a solid backup on a two year deal to help facilitate the transition and guard against any set backs for the prized prospect. Currently, Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis and J.C. Arencibia are among free agents still remaining who can play one of the corner infield positions.