Luke Voit brings experience, pop to Washington Nationals’ lineup…


Eric Hosmer was initially reported to be a part of the bundle the Washington Nationals had been receiving from the San Diego Padres together with 5, high-end prospects within the commerce for Juan Soto and Josh Bell, however when Hosmer invoked his no-trade clause to dam a deal to D.C., it was Luke Voit who ended up within the pre-deadline swap.

“We had three names for that piece of the deal, Hosmer was one in every of them and Voit was one and there was one different,” GM Mike Rizzo confirmed when the deal was introduced, earlier than the deadline handed on Tuesday, including he thought the six-year veteran, who’s performed for St. Louis, New York (AL), after which San Diego this season, might be an essential mentor for the younger roster within the nation’s capital.

Voit, earlier than the deal, had a .225/.317/.416 line, 18 doubles, 13 HRs, 39 walks, and 110 Ks in 82 video games and 344 plate appearances after he was traded from the Yankees to the Padres this previous March. He’s going from a contending staff to a cellar-dweller in D.C., nonetheless, which might be laborious for a 31-year-old veteran, however his new supervisor stated as soon as he joined the membership in Philadelphia final night time, the membership is aware of he’ll do what he can to contribute to their rebooting ballclub.

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“For a man like Luke, it’s just a little more durable ‘trigger he was within the combine over there and taking part in properly,” Martinez acknowledged, “however I informed him, I stated, ‘I worth your veteran management, after all we worth you or else you wouldn’t be right here, so all I ask is that you just go on the market and also you lead by instance, and go on the market and provides me the trouble that you just gave the opposite groups that you just performed for, and he was on board, he stated, ‘You don’t have to fret about me, ‘I’m going to go on the market and play laborious on daily basis,’ and I really like that.”

Voit, when he spoke with reporters in Residents Financial institution Park, stated he was stunned he ended up within the deal earlier this week.

“Clearly, just a little bit shocking. Clearly, you by no means know what can occur on this sport and it was type of a bizarre commerce occurring, and clearly the no-trade clause with [Hosmer],” he stated. “I clearly didn’t anticipate to get traded and proper earlier than our doubleheader, I came upon like ten minutes earlier than the sport. You understand what, it’s a recent begin, a variety of new faces.

“I’m excited a couple of new alternative.”

It was the second commerce of the yr, and third of his profession, and Voit stated the reason is within the deal stunned him needed to do with the place the Nationals are as a company proper now.

“It’s simply because this can be a youthful staff, and I’m stunned they wished like a veteran man,” he defined. “However I’m right here to assist out in any method I can. And clearly, I need to play this sport so long as I can, so I’m excited to come back over right here and rake with these guys and clearly be a frontrunner within the clubhouse and assist these younger guys change into one of the best that they are often.”

That optimistic perspective, Voit stated, is one thing he’s tried to have wherever he’s been, and he has at all times tried to guide his teammates as properly.

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“I’ve at all times tried to be a frontrunner all through my entire profession. Clearly, being with St. Louis, New York, and now San Diego, so it’s just a little completely different. Clearly, it was enjoyable being in that playoff rush with San Diego and I do know we’re out of it already right here. However clearly we bought 60-ish video games left, so gotta profit from it and I’m excited to study a variety of these new teammates, coaches. And I’m gonna go on the market and be a blue-collar man, work my butt off and attempt to get as many wins as we are able to for this staff.”

“I’ve identified Luke for fairly some time. I’ve seen him play,” Martinez continued in his pregame presser final night time. “I perceive what sort of participant he’s and he may help us. I imply, he’s bought a giant bat, he swings the bat properly, and I’m wanting ahead — and I informed him, ‘Hey, you’re a veteran man, we’ve bought a variety of younger gamers, your voice issues to me, so make your time right here helpful by serving to a few of the youthful guys, and lead by instance, and he’s at all times been that man, he’s been good about that.

“When he was with St. Louis, New York, and San Diego, he’s that man. He likes to go on the market, compete, and have enjoyable, and do the suitable issues.”

In his debut with the membership, Voit went 2 for 3 with an RBI single within the first and a run scored in a rain-shortened 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

“Like I stated, he’s knowledgeable hitter,” Martinez stated after the sport. “He drove within the first run for us, which was superior, after which he comes up, and [Noah] Syndergaard was throwing breaking balls, and he made an adjustment and hit the ball off the wall to proper area. We knew that about him, like I stated, he’s a giant bat for us, he had an excellent first day.”

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