Greg Bird is returning to his roots in his latest attempt to resurrect his baseball career.
The former Yankees first baseman signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, the team announced, and he’ll be invited to major league spring training. Bird, 28, played for Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado, just outside of Denver.
Once considered to be the Yankees’ long-term first baseman, injuries have derailed Bird’s career. He appeared in 186 regular-season games across five years for the Yankees, missing the entire 2016 season because of shoulder surgery.
The Yankees designated Bird for assignment after the 2019 season and he joined the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal. He was designated for assignment in August and joined the Philadelphia Phillies on a minor league deal in September, reuniting briefly with Joe Girardi. Bird did not appear in an MLB game during the shortened 60-game season.
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