With Greg Bird out for the season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is looking for a warm body to store at first base at Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre in case Mark Teixeira goes down at some point this year.
Former Met Ike Davis, who is among many whom the Yankees spoke with about that role, will not be the one, however. He chose to take a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Monday.
“We’ve talked to Ike Davis,” Cashman said last week before an appearance at the Stadium with Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski to benefit the New York Yankees Foundation and Red Sox Foundation. “We talked to a lot of people. Again, in terms of the Greg Bird scenario, we clearly have a need for an everyday first baseman at Scranton. So anybody that we feel is of quality and can fit that bill and is interested and willing to play in Scranton, then we’re going to have those conversations with a number of different people.”
Davis, 29, peaked in 2012 with the Mets, hitting 32 home runs. He had a .229/.301/.350 slash line, with three homers and 20 RBIs, in 74 games with the A’s last season.— ERIK BOLAND