Former New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gestures before an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in New York. The former Grandview High School star has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to spring training. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

ARLINGTON, Texas | Free agent first baseman Greg Bird has agreed on a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to spring training and the chance to earn a roster spot at a position where Texas is unsettled.

Bird — a former star at Aurora’s Grandview High School — was limited to 10 games in the first two weeks last season with the New York Yankees before being sidelined by a plantar fascia tear in his left foot. He became a free agent in November when he refused an outright assignment to Triple-A.

If added to the 40-man roster, the 27-year-old first baseman would get a one-year contract with a $1.5 million salary while in the major leagues. He could earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

Ronald Guzman, a left-hander who is a strong defender, hit only .134 against lefties and started only 72 games at first base last season. Four other players started games at first base, which again could be a platoon position for Texas.

Bird made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2015, then missed all of 2016 following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, He was limited to a .190 average in 48 games in 2017 after fouling a ball off his right ankle and a .199 average in 82 games the following year following ankle surgery.