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The Luke Voit era is officially over. The Yankees send the first baseman to the Padres

The first base position has been a revolving door since Mark Teixeira left retired. Once a position that was anchored by stars (Mattingly, Giambi, Martinez, and Tex), has been stuck in shuffle for the past few seasons. Lyle Overbay, Chris Carter, Greg Bird, Ji-Man Choi, the list goes on.

Luke Voit was a guy who could be the next big thing, but ultimately his time as a Yankee has come to an end.

At one point, I thought they would platoon him as a 1B/DH with Rizzo and DJLM, but also knew his time as a Yankee was slowly slipping away.

I wish Voit nothing but the best, and hope he shines in his new home. Wish he could have been part of the core, but his injuries when the team needed him most definitely hurt his chances.

I am just disappointed that it wasn't for more. Listen, he wasn't going to bring in a star, but you aren't telling me the Yankees could have packaged him for something that would move the needle? The trade chips are starting to run thin.

Voit was a classic Cashman diamond-in-the-rough. A name that nobody knew his name but he came in and won the hearts of the fans.

It was a July trade in 2018, that sent Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the Cardinals for Voit. He was assigned to AAA and performed well. He took over the first base job from Greg Bird (lol) and began clobbering home runs. He was named AL Player of the Week in October and ended the season batting .333 with 14 HR's, 33 RBI's, and a 1.095 OPS in 39 games. 2019 he batted .263/.378/.464. 2020 was his year. He put the team on his back and propelled them in a shortened season playoff, even with his lingering foot injury. Voit ended the season with 22 home runs, leading the major leagues. Last season, he bounced around on the IL, but still came back swinging. It wasn't enough because he was ultimately replaced by Chicago Star, Anthony Rizzo.

When the Yankees traded for Rizzo, his time in pinstripes was coming to an end. It sucks that this is how it goes, because Shreve and Gallegos became decent-to-good bullpen pitchers, but I appreciate Luke Voit's swagger, strength, and time as a Yankee. The moves keep coming, what's next?


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