3 potential trade destinations for Matt Olson

Aug 13, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are looking to trade Luke Voit and upgrade at first base. The Oakland A’s would be a perfect trading partner.

Should the A’s deal Matt Olson, they will need to find a replacement at first. Voit is under team control for three years and will be much less expensive than Olson, especially in light of his disappointing 2021 season. The embattled Yankees first baseman produced a 109 OPS+ with 11 homers in his 241 plate appearances over an injury plagued season.

Voit has been a productive player before. He led the majors with 22 homers in the pandemic shortened 2020 season and belted 14 homers in 148 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2018. He could end up being a solid contributor with the A’s should he be part of a hypothetical package for Olson.

That does not mean that Yankees would not improve. Olson has been much more consistent over his career than Voit, and his defense at first would be a significant upgrade. He would be well worth the prospect cost for a team that has not done anything to improve thus far in the offseason.

The New York Yankees are looking to improve at first base. Matt Olson could be the upgrade that they need.

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