Bird agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Aside from an impressive September, Bird disappointed in 2018, posting a .199/.286/.386 line with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 82 games. The 26-year-old slugger was ultimately supplanted by Luke Voit at first base towards the end of the season, and is on track to open the season as a reserve unless he wins his job back in camp.
Bird is not on the Yankees' roster for the AL Wild Card Game against the Athletics on Wednesday. Rosters are flexible throughout each round of the postseason, so should the Yankees defeat Oakland, Bird may rejoin the active roster for the ALDS versus Boston. Ever since Luke Voit caught fire in late August, Voit's been the club's primary first baseman, and it comes as no surprise that he will earn the start for Wednesday's elimination game. On the year, Bird has slashed just .199/.286/.386 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 82 games.
Bird is out of Friday's starting lineup against Seattle, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Bird will get the day off with left-hander James Paxton slated to take the hill for the opposition. Luke Voit draws the start at first base and will bat sixth with Bird on the bench.
Bird is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. Bird will retreat to the bench with a lefty in Daniel Norris toeing the rubber for the Tigers. He's now started just two of the last seven games, with Luke Voit, who is starting at first base Saturday, starting the other five. Bird owns a lackluster .198/.285/.388 slash line through 75 games this season.
Bird is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic New York reports. Bird has now started only three of the last nine games as he is slashing .122/.191/.244 over 82 at-bats in August. Luke Voit earns the starting nod at first base and bats fifth.