Yankees: 3 Luke Voit trades Brian Cashman has to explore
By Adam Weinrib
1. Voit to the Angels
Even without former Yankees GM Billy Eppler in place, could the Angels be a match for Luke Voit?
There’s a 100% chance that Luke Voit would very much kick the Yankees’ ass someday if they shipped him to the Angels, but the chances of this happening for an organization in flux hinge on whether or not they believe in their 27-year-old breakout Jared Walsh, who hit .293 in the shortened season without much of an advanced OBP to show for it.
Usually, the AL West team we most automatically pitch in hypothetical Yankees deals is the Mariners, but they extended top prospect Evan White before he even reached first base in the bigs. That’s not happening.
The Angels, on the other hand, have to contend for Mike Trout as soon as they possibly can, and are left with Albert Pujols in either the first base or DH spot for only one more year (oh my goodness). Voit would be an excellent short- and long-term play for them, and he plays the game exactly the way you’d want him to if you’re trying to craft a new foundation around him.
How about sending us No. 2 prospect Reid Detmers (lefty) and Walsh himself? Call it even?