Likely Landing Spot For Slugger Luke Voit Emerging

Slugger Luke Voit is looking for a new place to ply his trade after being DFA'd by the Milwaukee Brewers this week. And according to reports, one destination has already shot to the top of the list. 

The Philadelphia Phillies have had to dig super deep into their first base depth, with all sorts of injury problems, starting with the season-ending surgery for Rhys Hoskins before the season even began, then watching his replacement Darrick Hall go down to a long-term injury (he's still out, but could return in the not-too-distant future). 

Now Alec Bohm has hit the injured list; he'd been the right-handed half of the first base platoon. Manager Rob Thomson raised his concern on Wednesday when it was clear that Bohm would miss some time:

“We’d have to look at what happens when we face a lefty,” Thomson said. “Who’s going to play first base?”

It just so happens that Voit, a former MLB home run champion (2020 with the New York Yankees) is a right-handed hitter. And plays first base. Sounds like an impending match. 

Voit, however, has struggled the past couple of seasons, and slashed just .221/.284/.265 in 74 plate appearances with Milwaukee. But even worse, he had a woeful .212 OPS against lefties. 

Jesús Aguilar is another right-handed hitting first baseman on the market after being DFA'd by the Oakland A's. Perhaps he's an answer for Philly, though he was slashing just  .221/.281/.385 for them. He had, however, an .882 OPS against lefties.

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