After an absurd 2018 with the Yankees where he slashed .333/.405/.689 through 39 games, there were a lot of question marks about Luke Voit. He reported to camp without a sure starting spot, instead being forced into a good ol’ fashioned spring training battle with Greg Bird. The two exchanged blows, with Voit hitting .289/.365/.578 compared to Bird’s .333/.500/.643.
The Yankees insisted that they wouldn’t carry both first basemen, and that one would be sent to Scranton. In the end, injuries made the decision for them. Both started the season in the big leagues, and Bird quickly went down with an Achilles injury that would keep him out all year.
2019 Statistics: 118 games, 510 plate appearances, .263/.378/.464, 21 home runs, 62 RBI, 72 runs, 43 extra-base hits, 1.7 fWAR, 126 wRC+
2020 Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible
Voit entered 2019 looking to prove that he was the real deal. Of course, it was unrealistic to expect him to keep mashing baseballs at the rate that he did after the trade in 2018. He posted a 195 wRC+ over that six week period, after all. If he had turned into the best player in baseball, that would have been the trade of the century….