The New York Yankees are not the ideal fit for Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. They have a log-jam of players that are always injured and/or underproducing. The Yankees are a better team than they were 24 hours ago since they have acquired outfielder Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers (which addressed their left-handed power question mark) but even if the Yankees add Trevor Story, not all of their problems will be solved.
However, the New York Yankees are reportedly shopping first baseman Luke Voit on the trade market, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network (the Yankees TV home). Mark Feinsand of MLB.com is also reporting that the Yankees interest in Story is “real.”
The New York Yankees trading Luke Voit could have a huge impact on the Colorado Rockies.
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Luke Voit could be the odd man out for the New York Yankees and clear the deck for Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story
As we mentioned yesterday, the New York Yankees would have to do some shuffling in their infield to accommodate Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.
If the Yankees do acquire him, he would become their everyday shortstop, and likely, Gleyber Torres (their current shortstop) would move over to second base, which is a position that he is familiar with and, arguably, better at than he is at shortstop anyway. However, then the Yankees would have to move former Colorado Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu to first base.
Since the Yankees already have too many players that should be full-time DHs (and not part-time), that means that Luke Voit, the reigning American League home run champion, is left without a chair in the musical chairs.
Voit has had his fair share of issues in 2021, though. He has been on the injured list for multiple stints and, in fact, he is currently on the 10-day IL with knee inflammation. However, the Yankees are hoping that he will return in the coming days. As a result, he has only played in 29 games this season and his power numbers have plummeted, as his slugging percentage is down 240 points.
Acquiring Story (and Gallo) could be the push that the Yankees need, as they entered Thursday 2.5 games back of Oakland for the second AL Wild Card spot and 8.5 games back in the AL East.