Yankees trade Mike Ford to rival after dreadful stretch

Yankees trade Mike Ford to rival after dreadful stretch

BUFFALO — Mike Ford is no longer a Yankee.

The first baseman was traded to the Rays on Thursday for cash considerations and a player to be named later. He will report to Triple-A Durham.

Ford, who will turn 29 next month, was designated for assignment last week and struggled in both The Bronx and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees signed Ford out of Princeton and he displayed lefty power and plate discipline when he was called up in 2019. He had 12 homers and an OPS of .909 that season.

But the success was short-lived, as Ford was dreadful last season and not much better this year, going just 8-for-60 with 23 strikeouts in 72 plate appearances.

Despite injuries to Luke Voit and the retirement of Jay Bruce, Ford was unable to earn consistent playing time. The Yankees promoted Chris Gittens from SWB last week and he’s been the primary first baseman of late.

Voit is on a rehab assignment and is expected to be back from a strained oblique by early next week.

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