Greg Bird’s return forces Yankees to make tough roster decision

The Yankees have too many good players to keep them all in the big leagues. It’s a nice problem to have, but it still makes for tough calls.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is lucky to have first baseman Greg Bird return to the club this weekend after missing the entire year up until this point, but that means a roster move had to be made.

Boone labeled Austin (.238, eight HRs, 23 RBIs) as an impact performer and added: He’s a reason we’re sitting where we are with a strong record. He’s played a major role in that. We expect that to continue throughout this year.

Adams’ fWAR of 1.1 equates to approximately $9.9 million in performance value, which is a huge surplus after just over a quarter of the season. However, if Adams continues to slide, so too does the number and any happiness the Nats felt while Adams was on his massive late-April tear.

Of all the deals we’ll cover here, this one seemed to be the one of the most egregious from the beginning. There wasn’t much in Garcia’s performance in 2017 that suggested he deserved a $10 million contract and it’s looking like a terrible decision for the Blue Jays.

After pitching to a 4.30 ERA in 113 innings in 2017, Garcia sports a 6.28 ERA in 38 2/3 innings for Toronto. Garcia’s -0.1 fWAR means that HE should be writing the check to the Blue Jays for his chance to be on the mound.

Gonzalez sat on the open market for some time and when his price came down, the Rockies decided to take back the outfielder with nine years of playing time in Colorado. Gonzalez has been on a decline for years, but as with many of these types of deals, the club felt that familiarity was better than signing anyone outside of the organization.

At this pace, Gonzalez will come up well short of meeting the breakeven point in his deal.

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