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Anthony Rizzo signing means the end of Luke Voits Yankees is near

TAMP — Anthony Rizzo’s arrival probably means the end of Luke Voit’s time with the Yankees.

Rizzo’s two-year deal – not yet official as of Wednesday morning but Rizzo had a jersey in the clubhouse – means there is no logical place for Voit on the list. It’s a reality Voit grasped when he arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday.

“I still wear pinstripes so it’s my job to come here and I’m going to work hard today and I think we’ll see what happens,” said Voit. “It’s all I can control.”

It’s the second time in two years that the Yankees have signed Rizzo to play at first base after being traded for the left-hander from the Cubs before the July trade deadline.

Voit said he hasn’t spoken to anyone in the front office about Rizzo’s signing and what it means to him, but he was able to read the writing on the wall — writing that was there throughout the offseason as the Yankees clearly demonstrated Voit’s incompetence Stay healthy.

“Obviously everyone saw the speculation, so you guys got it right,” Voit said. “Especially after what happened last year, I’m not surprised. I had a coach in the minors who told me, “You always play for 29 other teams.” I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and be prepared for whatever happens, but right now I’m a New York Yankee.”

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Luke Voit at Yankees Spring Training in Tampa on March 15, 2022.
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The move came just days after Aaron Boone declared Voit the team’s incoming first baseman, which Voit took with a grain of salt at the time.

“Technically, I’m the only one in the squad, so it was a pretty easy answer,” Voit said. “That was great, but obviously nothing more.”

The first base market has some dominoes yet to fall, with Freddie Freeman being a free agent.

Voit is eligible for arbitration and is expected to make around $5.4 million this season. He led the majors in home runs during the COVID-shortened 2020 season but was plagued with left knee injuries throughout last season.

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Anthony Rizzo singles during a Yankees game on September 19, 2021.
Robert Sabo

“I feel healthy again,” said Voit. “All I wanted to control this year was be healthy, prepare for a long season and not go to the damn IL. I’m doing everything I can now and I’ll stay positive. I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

He hoped to speak to general manager Brian Cashman sometime Wednesday.

“I know they want to be left-handed, so I get it,” said Voit. “They have been [intent] on it since last year. As our team comes into spring, we are rightly dominant. That is [Cashman’s] Work. It’s a business. I get it. He brought me here for a reason. I guess that reason isn’t the same as it used to be.”

And he’s preparing for what’s next.

“I’ve been enjoying myself since I came here when I was 18,” said Voit. “I enjoy New York. It is the best place to play baseball. Who knows? Maybe I’m still here. I have no idea.”

In the meantime, he will use the next part of spring training to show other teams what he can do.

“These next 19 games are important for me to prove myself and show that I’m healthy again,” said Voit.

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