NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Luke Voit #59 of the New York Yankees (R) celebrates his eighth inning two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians with teammate DJ LeMahieu #26 at Yankee Stadium on September 18, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the return of Anthony Rizzo as first baseman for the foreseeable future, the New York Yankees traded incumbent Luke Voit to the San Diego Padres for 20-year old minor league pitcher Justin Lange, who was the 34th pick in 2020 amateur draft.

The 31-year old Voit didn’t see much playing time last year due to both injuries and the Rizzo acquisition at mid-season from the Chicago Cubs. Voit spent five games with the Somerset Patriots last season during rehab, where he batted .438 with a pair of homers and six RBI.

Voit hit only .239, 11 homers and 35 RBI in 68 games with the Yankees last year at the big league level. In 2020 Voit was a MVP candidate when he blasted 22 homers and drove in 52 during the pandemic shortened 60-game season.

As for Lange, the Yankees get a right-hander who went 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in nine starts at rookie ball with the ACL Padres.