Luke Voit’s post-Yankees career took brutal turn thanks to Eric Hosmer

Luke Voit’s post-Yankees career took brutal turn thanks to Eric Hosmer

Published August 3, 2022
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 26: Luke Voit #45 of the San Diego Padres reacts after a fly out to Akil Baddoo #60 of the Detroit Tigers during the top of the fifth inning at Comerica Park on July 26, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The 2022 New York Yankees entered spring training needing to trade first baseman Luke Voit to resolve the logjam they’d created a few days prior. Voit’s fate had been all but officially sealed in 2021 when the Yankees imported Anthony Rizzo, then awkwardly juggled their incumbent first baseman between the DH slot and the bench for the remainder of the season.

When Rizzo hit the COVID IL, things got even more uncomfortable; suddenly thrust back into the first base role, Voit raked at the plate, earning American League Player of the Week honors before being deemphasized once more after New York’s shiny new toy returned. 2021 was the uncomfortable prologue to a predictable resolution in ’22; the Yankees brought Rizzo back, and quickly tried to make things right by Voit.

Before spring training had wrapped, Brian Cashman found a helpful match. Thanks to the universal DH, Voit could mash in San Diego for a Wild Card-contending Padres team, with New York receiving intriguing pitching prospect Justin Lange in return.