It’s an awesome story, right? Kid with Jersey ties and a great lefty swing, plus winning chops, go back to play very first base for the Yankees for the next couple of years as they attempt once again to win the World Series for the very first time given that 2009.
But does a reunion in between complimentary representative Anthony Rizzo and the Yanks make good sense? Or should the Yankees rather utilize Luke Voit, who sustained an injury-ravaged, forgettable 2021 however is just one year gotten rid of from leading the majors in crowning achievement?
There’s even a 3rd internal method the Yankees might resolve very first base, to state absolutely nothing of shopping in complimentary firm.
Before we dig in, with some aid from a big league scout from another company, let’s simply highlight the following: The righty-heavy Yankees frantically require lineup balance, which is one factor the left-handed Rizzo was appealing at the trade due date. In 2021, Yankee left-handed players had actually a .207 typical, a .309 on-base portion and a .362 slugging portion.
Their average was the worst in MLB. Their OBP was connected for 24th. Their punching portion was 27th. While playing in a ballpark with a brief ideal field patio, a joint popular for huge lefty swingers mashing crowning achievement, their lefties struck simply 53 homers in 2021 — 26th in MLB.
So possibly Rizzo has an integrated benefit.
For context, we asked an MLB scout who enjoyed the Yankees this season for his take. Here’s what the scout stated:
“I happen to be a Rizzo fan. If I’m the Yankees, I’d bring him back. I think his lefty bat is suited for Yankee Stadium. More importantly, he gives a clubhouse presence. I think he brings something. He’s a veteran leader. And I think a lot of the younger players would look up to him.
“He’s a Gold Glove initially baseman. There are very few very first basemen who are much better than him. The Yankees and their fans hadn’t seen that. He makes all these plays that everybody has problem with. He takes a great deal of balls out of the dirt, conserves mistakes on bad tosses.
“I know he’s getting older, but he does a lot of positive things.”
Rizzo, 32, made $16.5 million last season and figures to cost far more than Voit, whom the Yankees have under control through 2024. According to The Athletic, the Chicago Cubs made Rizzo an extension deal last spring worth $70 million over 5 years. It went no place.
Rizzo played 49 video games with the Yanks and his make-contact technique fits an offense that is flush with swing-and-miss somewhere else. He had 8 homers, 21 RBI, a .249 average and a .768 OPS.
Including his time with the Cubs, Rizzo struck 22 homers and had actually a .783 OPS in 141 video games in 2021. He’s a four-time Gold Glove winner and assisted the Cubs end their title dry spell in 2016, which may resonate with the overly-dramatic section of Yankee fans who think their club is sustaining something comparable.
Rizzo’s age and prospective cost may be downsides for the Yankees, who should commit dollars to the other holes they need to fill, too. Re-signing him might depend upon how the Yanks see the rest of their infield. Who is the 2nd baseman, Gleyber Torres or DJ LeMahieu? The Yanks should resolve shortstop, too, which response plainly isn’t Torres any longer.
Looming someplace in whatever occurs with Rizzo is this — will the Boston Red Sox be included? He was initially prepared by them and there were numerous reports they were attempting to trade for him at this year’s due date that he stated prior to the AL Wild Card Game in Boston that good friends were texting him about it.
As for Voit, he’s been a trustworthy source of punching given that emerging in 2018. His .519 punching portion ever since is 23rd amongst gamers with a minimum of 1,000 plate looks. He’s ahead of boldface names such as Giancarlo Stanton, Paul Goldschmidt, and José Abreu, to name a few. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Voit topped MLB with 22 homers.
Voit, who turns 31 prior to next season, is likewise a wellspring of energy and enthusiasm. But he is not almost Rizzo’s equivalent as a protective very first baseman.
And he might not remain healthy in the follow-up to his huge 2020 — left knee problems and an oblique stress, plus Rizzo’s existence, restricted him to simply 68 video games. His surgically fixed knee was troubling him a lot towards completion of the season that he was placed on the 60-day Injured List.
Voit, who made $4.7 million and is qualified for arbitration, batted .239 with a .764 OPS and 11 homers and 35 RBI, revealing just flashes of being the sort of force he’d been simply a year previously.
“He was injured all the time,” the scout stated. “If they sign Rizzo, I’d expect Voit to be traded. There has to be some value. He was the home run champ last year. This was the wrong year for him to get hurt.”
It’s possible, too, that neither Rizzo nor Voit is the Yankee initially baseman next year. They might let Rizzo walk, trade Voit and utilize LeMahieu in the beginning base while Torres plays 2nd, Gio Urshela males 3rd and a brand-new, possibly splashy, acquisition plays shortstop. Shortstop may be a larger issue, anyhow, given that the Yanks a minimum of have alternatives currently in location for very first.
Or possibly the offseason gets freaky and the Atlanta Braves make a mess of extension talks with Freddie Freeman and they really let him get on the free market. Could the Yankees withstand that?