The New York Yankees vowed to stage a first base competition for 2017 spring training; with the derby centered on two prospects and one veteran. The veteran was newly signed slugger Chris Carter and the prospects were the powerful Greg Bird and the multi-tooled Tyler Austin. Well just a few days into camp, Austin's name has been scratched from the competition as he was diagnosed Friday with a fractured foot that will sideline him for six weeks. Austin suffered the break when fouling a pitch off his foot during team workouts and so he is out for pretty much the rest of spring training. Bird now has the clear inside track to the starter's role as long as he keeps his strikeouts in check. In addition, Austin was also a competitor for an outfield spot along with Aaron Judge but the latter now gets the favorite tag there.