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Greg Bird opts out of his minor-league deal with the Blue Jays
By Cam Lewis1 year ago
As of right now, it doesn’t look like Greg Bird will be flying north with the Blue Jays.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, Bird has opted out of his minor-league deal with the team as the Blue Jays hadn’t yet added him to the 40-man roster…
Bird put up a good showing with the Blue Jays in Grapefruit play, so it wouldn’t be shocking if somebody else inked him to a big-league deal. He went 6-for-23 with two homers along with five walks and five strikeouts.
If he doesn’t find a contract elsewhere, Bird could still return to the Blue Jays on another minor-league deal.
Following the Matt Chapman trade, the Blue Jays had two open 40-man roster spots. One was used on David Phelps and it was assumed that the other would be used on Bird so that the Blue Jays could add a powerful left-handed bat to their bench.
Other non-roster invitees who could be in the mix to be added to the 40-man are Nathan Lukes, a lefty outfielder who has mashed during Grapefruit play, Gosuke Katoh, an infielder with more positional versatility, or Dexter Fowler, a veteran outfielder who just recently joined the Blue Jays in Dunedin on a minor-league deal.
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