Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that the Yankees are calling up first base prospect Greg Bird today.
Bird, 22, is a fifth round pick from the 2011 draft. He was promoted to Triple-A Scranton in July and is hitting .301/.353/.500 batting line with six home runs in 34 games there. Before that he had an .804 OPS at Double-A Trenton this season and an .848 OPS at high-A and Double-A last year.
Curry says that Bird will be backing up Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez as the Yankees play 16 straight games without an off day. He, of course, is also a potentially key part of the Yankees future and a guy who could possibly help jump start New York’s recently moribund offense.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”