By: Ethan Cushman
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Greg Bird has been injured for many parts of the past 3 seasons but in the times he's been healthy he has shown the potential of a great hitter. But Greg Bird must come back and prove he can stay healthy. If he can he is a great addition to a lineup. going into the year the one and only complaint you could have with the Yankees lineup was the small lack of lefty power. Cashman and Boone thought Didi with Bird and the combination of Gardner at the top of the lineup would be enough lefty power. But with Bird hurt then there started to be major concerns about the lefty power. And now with Didi struggling Bird is a welcome addition to the lineup. Now who will be the odd man out. Unfortunately for him Tyler Austin despite him showing good potential will likely be the odd man out. they will likely cut a pitcher for now but eventually Austin will get sent to triple a. But maybe this is for the best he needs to learn how to hit righties or else he will be a platoon player. Also I talked about in a previous article about players we could get maybe this stockpile at first with Neil Walker as well could allow Cashman to pick up a player with Austin being included in the package. Many teams would like to have a future first baseman with 20-30 hr potential. Austin has also shown that he is a grinder and will work through other challenges in this case work on hitting righties. He was once a consensus top 100 prospect but he injured himself many times into ireivency and he was eventually DFA’ed. But he worked through it to get to where he is today. Therefore if the Yankees decide to trade him he could draw a nice return/ be a big piece in acquiring a really good player. But as for Bird he will get his chance for the rest of the year to produce and be a big part of a run which the Yankees hope will result in #28.