Is Greg Bird An Option For The Red Sox At First Base Next Season?

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If you are following the Red Sox off-season, you are noticing they’ve been very quiet.  The team is trying to get under the MLB Luxury Tax to avoid paying a fine.  The team is already on the hook to pay $13.4 million in tax fines for last season.

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The Sox have taken a low risk, high reward approach with roster building this offseason.  The team has already signed former Reds IF Jose Peraza to a one-year deal, and former Twins lefty Martin Perez to a one-year $6 million dollar deal with a club option.

Both players bring depth to the roster, which is what Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran are focusing on with their approach to building the team.

The team has many holes to fill on the roster, including first base.  Mitch Moreland is a free agent and coming off a year where he hit .258 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI.  On the surface a reunion doesn’t seem likely between the team and Moreland.  The former gold glover will find a new home, and it could be with the hated New York Yankees.

Speaking of the Yankees, could a former first baseman make his way to Fenway on a low risk, high reward type of deal?  The Bronx Bombers non-tendered Greg Bird earlier this offseason.

The 27-year old Bird is coming off an injury-plagued campaign.  Bird had a solid Grapefruit League showing this season, when he made the 2019 roster and was the Yankees' Opening Day first baseman.  But he was limited to just 10 games after being diagnosed with a left plantar fascia tear.

Get your Patriots 2019 AFC East Champs Gear at Fanatics“Because of the injury history, I would think he gets a minor league deal,’’ a scout said.  “And because he is a one-position player, I believe he will get more interest from the American League clubs than the National League.’’

Back in 2015, Alex Rodriguez gave some good praise to Bird and current Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.  A-Rod said both players are "two of the finest young hitters I've seen in a long time.  I mean, you don't see those type of young hitters come around very often.”

High praise from one of the game’s greatest players.  To this point only Judge has lived up to that praise, while Bird is unemployed and looking to rebuild his value and career.

The Red Sox, Mariners and Marlins could all be suitors for Bird.  If Bird signs with the Red Sox and is placed down at Pawtucket, he would have the right to void the deal and opt for free agency on June 1st.

Internally right now the Sox could play Michael Chavis at first if they don’t add a player this off-season.  Both Sam Travis and minor leaguer Bobby Dalbec could also factor in at first.

Dalbec went 7-for-28 with a .364 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, .864 OPS, two dingers, one double and eight RBIs playing for Team USA in the Premium 12 Tournament during November.  He was also added to the 40-man roster.

The pedigree for power is there for Bird, and with the short fence in right we could see Bird wrapping dingers around Pesky Pole.  The concern will be his health.  Bird is the perfect low risk, high reward type player Bloom would sign in Tampa, so why not bring him to Boston? 




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