Greg Bird, Yankees avoid arbitration with one-year contract

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Friday, January 11, 2019

NEW YORK -- Oft-injured first baseman Greg Bird and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $1.2 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

The 26-year-old hit .214 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 311 plate appearances during an injury wrecked 2018 season in which he lost the first base job to July acquisition Luke Voit.

Bird started the season on the disabled list following surgery March 27 to remove a broken spur on the outside of his right ankle, and he did not play for the Yankees until May 26. Bird made $572,000 last year.

New York has eight remaining players eligible to swap proposed salaries Friday: shortstop Didi Gregorius; outfielder Aaron Hicks; starting pitchers Luis Severino, James Paxton and Sonny Gray; relievers Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahnle, and backup catcher Austin Romine.