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Greg Bird Signs With Mexican League’s Charros De Jalisco

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First baseman Greg Bird has reportedly signed with the Mexican League’s Charros de Jalisco, according to MiLB.com. The slugger had previously been playing in the Australian Baseball League, which announced Bird’s departure on Instagram earlier today.

Bird, 31, was a fifth-round pick by the Yankees in the 2011 draft and made his big league debut with the club back in 2015, stepping is as the club’s everyday first baseman after Mark Teixeira’s season was cut short by a fractured shin. In 46 games with the club during his rookie season, Bird impressed with a .261/.343/.529 slash line and 11 home runs in just 178 trips to the plate. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a torn labrum that offseason and underwent surgery that rendered him unavailable for the entirety of the 2016 season.

After losing what could have been the first full season of his career to injury, Bird returned to the big leagues as the Yankees’ Opening Day first baseman, though he struggled to a brutal .100/.250/.200 slash line in 19 games before returning to the injured list with a foot injury that would eventually require surgery. He returned to the field near the end of August and posted excellent numbers down the stretch, slashing .253/.316/.575 with eight homers in just 98 trips to the plate.

Unfortunately, Bird’s injury woes would continue throughout his next two seasons with the Yankees as he slashed just .197/.287/.371 while being limited to 92 games by ankle surgery and a plantar fascia tear, leading the club to designate him for assignment shortly after the 2019 season came to a close. Bird spent the next several years in the minor leagues, signing with the Rangers, Phillies, Rockies, Blue Jays, and even briefly returning to the Bronx between 2020 and 2022. With that being said, he did not make an official appearance for the Texas, Philadelphia, or Toronto during his time in those organizations. That’s in spite of the fact that he was actually called back up to the majors with the Rangers, as he suffered an injury before he could take the field with the club.

While Bird sports a solid .262/.385/.485 slash line for his career at the Triple-A level, he slashed just .218/.325/.354 in 59 games at the level with the Yankees in 2022, and hasn’t found a role in affiliated ball since. In addition to his time overseas in Australia, bird briefly played for the Frontier League’s Capitales de Quebec. Now playing in the Mexican League, the 31-year-old bird should have the opportunity to prove himself healthy and perhaps earn another shot in affiliated ball at some point in the future.

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