Get all the first basemen! The Milwaukee Brewers have been stockpiling players at first base and perhaps they could try to add one more in Yankees first baseman Luke Voit.
After having practically no first baseman earlier in the year, Milwaukee has quite the number of options at the position. Currently, Rowdy Tellez, Keston Hiura, and soon to be Eduardo Escobar will be options at the position with Travis Shaw, Daniel Vogelbach, and Jace Peterson all returning from the IL soon who can play there.
But what’s the ceiling of that group? Hiura has the highest ceiling but has been atrocious this season, while Escobar has never played first base defensively before. Tellez has been great in 15 games since arriving, but that’s a very small sample size.
Mark DeRosa on MLB Network suggested the Milwaukee Brewers go and acquire Luke Voit from the Yankees in a trade prior to the Trade Deadline.
The Yankees just acquired former Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo yesterday. His addition pretty much takes away Voit’s entire role on the Yankees roster. He’s still a very productive player when healthy and led baseball in home runs last year with 22.
This season, Voit has played in just 29 games while dealing with injuries but he’s slated to return to the active roster soon. If the Brewers can get the player that Voit has been previously, then that’s a huge addition to a Brewers roster that still could use some more home run power.
He adds more right-handed power to the lineup, but is this a redundancy that they need?
Voit still has several years of cheap team control remaining, but so does Rowdy Tellez, Daniel Vogelbach, and Keston Hiura. Does Milwaukee really need all of those guys on the roster for the next few years? They’re almost all first basemen only, with the exception of Hiura who also really isn’t great anywhere else defensively.
The Brewers don’t need three first base-only types with a fourth that’s getting close to that profile.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are likely to have a higher asking price on Voit considering he was the home run champion in 2020 and he has several years of control remaining. The Brewers should not give up anything of value to the Yankees for Voit. They don’t need him, and it just makes a roster crunch even crunchier. While Stearns hasn’t worried too much about positional fit before, a move for Voit would just be odd.
In a vacuum, DeRosa’s suggestion makes some sense, but this doesn’t seem like a move the Brewers would make.