While the Marlins were busy designating Wei-Yin Chen for assignment to make way for top prospects on the 40-man roster, the Yankees were doing the same thing. In order to add seven minor leaguers to their 40-man, New York released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and DFA’d first baseman Greg Bird. Whereas Chen and Ellsbury are certain to be released, there may be more competition to claim Bird, formerly a top prospect who’s still on the right side of 30.
Interestingly, the lefty-swinging slugger has a couple key allies with the Marlins: Gary Denbo and James Rowson.
Greg Bird was DFA’d by the Yankees. Marlins exec Gary Denbo and new bench coach James Rowson both worked hands-on with Bird in the minors when he was emerging as a big-time prospect.
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 21, 2019
To make it clear, this would not be big-time, headline news, but it would be an intriguing pick-up nonetheless.
For those of you who are unaware, Greg Bird’s journey bears some resemblance to Lewis Brinson’s, although the circumstances of his struggles are somewhat different than the Marlins outfielder. Bird was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft…