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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Yankees’ Luke Voit not ready to cede playing time when Anthony Rizzo returns: ‘I deserve to play just as much as he does’

With Anthony Rizzo due to come off the COVID-19 injured list sometime soon, New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit said he still expects to play when the three-time All-Star returns.

“I was top-10 MVP last year and I’ve been a great player for this organization for the last three years,” Voit said after Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

“I’m not going down. I want to play. Obviously, I know it will be tough with Rizzo, but I deserve to play just as much as he does. I led the league in home runs last year. I feel really good again.”

Voit was on the injured list with knee inflammation—his third IL stint of the season—when the Yankees acquired Rizzo from the Cubs at the trade deadline. Rizzo has been out since Aug. 7, while Voit returned to the lineup on Aug. 8.

Despite struggling for most of this season after hitting 22 home runs in 56 games last year, Voit has hit .243/.317/.486 with 3 homers and 9 RBIs in 10 games since his return, including a home run in the second game of the doubleheader.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2021 at 08:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, luke voit, yankees

Friday, August 06, 2021

Yankees Nearly Traded Luke Voit Before Deadline

The Yankees came very close to trading Luke Voit before last week’s trade deadline, Andy Martino of SNY reports. The Yankees discussed three potential deals involving Voit, per the report, one of which fell apart just before the deadline when the trade partner in question backed out of the swap.

With no trade coming together, Voit’s role on the Yankees has rather surprisingly become unclear. Despite the fact that the 30-year-old slugger paced the Majors with 22 home runs last summer and has generally been a well above-average hitter from the moment he arrived on the scene in the Bronx, the 2021 campaign has been something of a nightmare. Voit has endured three IL stints thanks to a torn meniscus, a strained oblique and a bone bruise in his knee, and he’s managed a tepid .241/.328/.370 output in 122 plate appearances when healthy.

Voit’s offense looked to be coming around in the weeks between his two most recent IL stints. From June 22 through July 11, he tallied 72 plate appearances and turned in a .281/.361/.453 batting line with two homers, three doubles and a triple. However, the Yankees acquired Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline and already have a crowded designated hitter scene now that Joey Gallo has been added to an outfield mix that also includes Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton. Per Martino, the team has at least discussed the possibility of optioning Voit to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — a notion that not long ago would’ve seemed unthinkable.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 10:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: luke voit, yankees



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