2. San Francisco Giants
You can’t look at us with a straight face and tell us the San Francisco Giants, who love to see the positive in others’ discarded pieces, would not love to get their hands on the 2020 AL home run leader and take him off his feet (which should help with the dreaded “foot stuff”).
You can’t look at us and say, “The Giants turned Darin Ruf into an extremely valuable bench piece last season en route to their upset NL West title, but they want nothing to do with Luke Voit.” Please don’t look at us and say that.
Voit, who comes with tons of team control (through 2024), is a better player than Ruf ever was before joining the dream team out west. As a healthy major leaguer, Voit has pummeled the baseball. His 2019 line was dragged down (on the verge of an All-Star appearance) by the sudden onset of a core muscle issue, which necessitated offseason surgery. Surgery that sounded grotesque.
All told, in Voit’s most recent full-ish season, he triple-slashed .263/.378/.464, but his September/October after his return were putrid (.194 with two homers in 86 PAs) — and, after all, there was a procedure still on the horizon.
Though competition just opened up, Voit is still readily available at a discount, and could be a genuine difference-maker to a team that isn’t necessarily relying on him/can’t withstand a potential absence. The Giants, who print talent, could be that lucky team.