Yankees: Top free agency priorities for Brian Cashman after 2021 season

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Anthony Rizzo, New York Yankees
MIAMI, FL – JULY 31: Anthony Rizzo #48 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

3. Re-Sign Anthony Rizzo

Luke Voit contributed to the success of the Yanks at first base during his first two years with the team. Unfortunately, he has spent a lot of time on the IL ever since his arrival in the Bronx. While he’s a tremendous hitter, he has limited range and is a below-average defender … though he has improved on that front.

The team was fortunate to pick up first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline, and he has helped the team significantly, even despite his lack of production after a bout with COVID-19. As a left-handed hitter, Rizzo adds much-needed diversity to the lineup. He has leadership skills and can easily handle playing in New York.

Rizzo is a significant improvement over Voit, especially when he’s playing to his full potential. He’s a three-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner, and he’s also received a Platinum Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. He led the Chicago Cubs to victory in the 2016 World Series.

Rizzo is a better all-around first baseman than Voit. Still, Voit is a solid hitter and probably should be retained as a designated hitter/part-time first baseman. If not, he should be traded for pitching. Worst-case scenario? Rizzo leaves and the Yankees have to stick with Voit. Not a bad outcome.

Freddie Freeman also will be a free agent this offseason. However, he will likely want to remain with the Atlanta Braves … but one can dream, right?