New York Yankees: Why 2019 is a make or break year for the Yanks

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Make or break year for Greg Bird?

Yankees first baseman, Greg Bird seems to be injured more than he’s not and 2019 is a decision year for the New York Yankees. One of the things that may need to change is Greg Bird.

As productive as he may be when he is healthy, Bird is just not worth it if he sees the field less than 100 times this season. Bird has played in only 176 games over the past four seasons, as he missed the entire 2016 season thanks to injury.

With this in mind, the Yankees will need to make a decision on Bird this season in hopes on winning multiple World Series’ over the next decade. If the Yankees do in fact decide to move on from Bird there will be several options available in free agency following the 2019 season.

Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Mitch Moreland and Jose Abreu are just a couple of the potential free agents who may be available following the 2019 season. However, this could all be avoided should the Yankees go in a different direction and start Luke Voit instead, who finished up the 2018 in fantastic fashion. Should Voit pick up where he left off in 2018, the Yankees won’t need to look for a new first baseman.

In his 39 games with the Yankees in 2018, Voit smacked 14 home runs with 33 RBIs and a .333 batting average. Fantastic numbers but the question is whether or not he can keep that pace up in 2019.

Something to definitely keep an eye on as 2019 is a make or break year at first base in the Bronx.

Next, we move to another big piece in the Yankees’ season, Gary Sanchez.