1. Luke Voit
Luke Voit has value. Don’t tell anybody he doesn’t. Injuries have held him back, like they do with a lot of players, and Voit was somehow punished for it in 2021. Of all the players the Yankees are going to draw the line with, why Voit? He’s got a 137 OPS+ since coming to the Bronx in 2018.
His glove isn’t great, but it’s totally fine. He’s not out there losing games with his defense by any means … but he’s also far from a Gold Glover. Then again, he was the home run champ in 2020 and brings much-needed energy and passion to the field. For just $5.4 million in 2022 and two more years of club control after that, teams would be crazy not to see the value there.
If healthy, Voit is a potential 35-40 homer bat and his career .267 average is nothing to sneeze at. We’d sure like to keep him, but the Yankees trading for Rizzo, demoting Voit, and then refusing to use him as the DH when Giancarlo Stanton played the outfield no doubt soured this relationship. His name was also mentioned in trade talks at the deadline.
Expect Voit to be moved in a package including Olson or part of a different deal for a starter or reliever. The Yankees’ pitching staff needs help and if they’re going to be addressing first base in another capacity, they have a clear valuable trade chip in Voit whose presence makes little sense if Rizzo returns or Olson comes to town.