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New York Yankees designated hitter Chris Gittens (92) David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Chris Gittens

Can. This. Please. Happen? Why are we still waiting for it?

Chris Gittens is a monster, plain and simple. He destroys baseballs and he loves doing it. Isn’t that what this Yankees team likes? More homers, right? The calls to diversify the lineup with contact bats/situational hitters have only been answered marginally.

So why not give Gittens a chance if you’re not making overarching philosophical changes to the offense? The 27-year-old fits right in!

Voit’s absence leaves the Yankees without a momentous power bat — one that carried them last year — and with so many other players struggling in the power department (Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner), Gittens could provide a much-needed infusion.

He just had a kid, too! He could use a raise!

But in all seriousness, Gittens is an exit velo beast, too. Don’t the statheads in the front office realize that? What’s the holdup, here? He’s been showing off his power in the Yankees’ farm system since 2015. Though his ascension hasn’t been considerable (this is his first action at Triple-A), he tore up Double-A in 2019 and is off to a hot start in 2021.

If not now, when?