1. Luke Voit
Luke Voit’s situation is easily the most baffling of the bunch. The 2020 home run champ … couldn’t be moved at this year’s trade deadline? For what reason? And if injuries were a concern of the Yankees’ heading into 2021, why didn’t they just trade him after his unbelievable 2020?
Voit’s injury history is extensive. This is nothing new! He dealt with a sports hernia issue in 2019 and then endured “foot stuff” for all of 2020 even though he hardly missed time.
To us, it’s fairly clear the Yankees were concerned with his health because, of all the injury-prone players that have spent time in dugout over the last few years (as well as others who have regressed beyond explanation), the front office quickly tossed Voit aside when they acquired Anthony Rizzo at the July deadline.
But the drama didn’t end there. When Rizzo hit the COVID list in August, Voit went on a tear and won AL Player of the Week for his efforts and dominated for a two-week stretch. After that? The Yankees benched him and hardly even used him at DH when they put Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield … when you’d assume all of Stanton, Rizzo, Voit and the usual sluggers in the lineup would be the best possible group Aaron Boone could trot out there.
Again, if he wasn’t part of your plans or there were concerns about his longevity, why hold onto him and then try to trade him when he’s viewed as even more injury prone than he once was and after you willingly decreased his playing time? Like Urshela, Voit can still be traded, but he won’t bring back a return that’s worthwhile, let alone be a centerpiece in a potential blockbuster deal. Those days are gone.