Milwaukee Brewers Sign First Baseman Luke Voit to a Minor League Deal
For all their pitching success and some big names on the positional side, the Milwaukee Brewers have been a relatively tepid club on offense for a few years now. Any possible upgrade there is probably welcomed.
So here’s hoping Luke Voit doesn’t finally have a resurgence in 2023:
Voit, 32, is best known for his monster seasons in 2019 and 2020 with the Yankees, but his health and productivity have fallen off from there. Last season, split between the Padres and the Nationals, Voit hit just .226/.308/.402/102 wRC+, and there was not a robust market for him this offseason.
For the Brewers, Voit makes so much sense as a right-handed power bat, who can make appearances at first base (where lefty Rowdy Tellez is otherwise the starter) and at DH (where lefty Jesse Winker is otherwise going to appear a whole lot). It’s an almost perfect superficial fit, and the Brewers are getting Voit on a minor league deal.
The one big caveat there is that Voit has pretty significant reverse splits for his career, hitting fellow righties muuuuch better than lefties (especially this past season). Not sure how that would factor into his deployment, as the Brewers might simply be interested in a possible source of cheap power. But if you’re hoping this doesn’t work out for them, then the reverse splits are maybe something you can hang your hat on, at least in terms of how Voit coordinates with the guys the Brewers already have.