1. Yankees: Luke Voit
The (obvious) moment you’ve all been waiting for. Luke Voit wants to remain a Yankee, but it’s hard to envision that being the reality in 2022 after what happened last year. Couple that with all the Freddie Freeman, Matt Olson and Anthony Rizzo rumors, and, even though it could all be one giant smokescreen, it’s not boding well for Voit’s future.
The slugger, who still possesses a ton of value despite his lengthy injury history, is under club control for three more seasons and will make ~$5.5 million in 2022. The Yankees won’t be paying that to a backup and it’s hard to believe Voit will accept a lesser role in these prime years for him to earn significant raises through arbitration.
And with the universal DH expected to be enacted, Voit’s trade suitors just doubled now that the NL can employ somebody at the position. Concerned about his injury history? Very well then. Take him off his feet at first base and you’ll be able to minimize the injury potential while having him rake in the middle of the lineup.
Though Brian Cashman won’t want to trade Voit for pennies on the dollar, he might not have much of a choice. The penny-pinching Bombers might be more concerned about offloading his salary (especially if they’re adding more money via free agency). Hell, they traded an asset in Luis Cessa at the July deadline to save $1 million by dumping Justin Wilson’s contract.
Voit staying wouldn’t exactly shock the world, but it’d be a notable surprise based on what happened down the stretch last year and the discourse that has continued since.