The San Diego Padres just acquired first baseman Luke Voit from the New York Yankees. The Padres already have a first baseman in place in Eric Hosmer, which will only spark more trade rumors involving the veteran.
However, new Padres manager Bob Melvin says Voit will primarily be the designated hitter while also playing some first base against lefties. Melvin has also already talked to Hosmer about the move, and the 32-year-old is all good and ready to roll:
Bob Melvin said Luke Voit is expected to DH and play some first base against left-handers. He added he already spoke with Eric Hosmer and that Hosmer is “all in.”
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 18, 2022
There is always the possibility that Hosmer is still dealt, but for now, he’s excited about having Voit on board. The addition of the DH to the National League helped make this move a reality, and the Padres now have a nice duo in place at first base if Hosmer sticks around.
San Diego is also glad to get more pop in the lineup to help make up for the loss of superstar Fernando Tatis Jr., who will miss several months with a wrist injury. Voit hit 11 home runs in 241 plate appearances last season, and that came after he hit a whopping 22 dingers in just 234 plate appearances in 2020.
The Padres could also still look to make another splashy move to add to the roster, but even if nothing else big comes along, this Voit move is a solid one. We’ll see what winds up happening with Eric Hosmer now that Voit is on the roster.