Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has no issue with the club's recent signing of free agent Chris Carter, reports Newsday.
Carter played for the Milwaukee Brewers last season and tied with the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado for the National League lead with 41 home runs.
"We're excited to have him, honestly," Bird said. "It's another bat, and a good bat, and I think he can bring a lot to the table. I think it's good for our team and I'm excited to meet him."
Bird slugged 11 homers and hit .261/.343/.529 in 46 games with the Yankees in 2015. He missed all of last year after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Unless Carter's signing comes with future roster movement, which provides him enough at-bats to make an impact without affecting the young players in the system, I'm not certain how he fits.
There are certainly risks with Greg Bird due to his coming off shoulder surgery, and Tyler Austin because he's had his own ups and downs in his professional career. However, I'd much rather see the club allow both of them, or anyone in the minor league system to have all the reps at first base this season, instead of a one-dimensional player that remained on the open market this long for a reason.
With Carter on the team, I can see Yankees manager Joe Girardi -- who loves his veterans -- going to him far too often at first base. This would effectively take valuable experience away from the youngsters who need it to become better players and prevents them from gaining confidence as major leaguers.
Further, if Carter is robbing playing time from the Yankees' young players, how will the team know what they have for the future?