We are going to win it, Voit said following the Yankees victory over the Rays in Game 4.
Even after his season ended via a 2-1 loss in Game 5, Voit hasnt backed off.
It was really tough on us, but we will get them next year, Voit said of the Rays on Thursday on ESPNs SportsCenter.
Voit wasnt dissing the Rays, who took 8 of 10 regular-season games from the Yankees and won the AL East. In fact he praised the way they play.
They are a feisty bunch of hitters. They kind of play small-ball, find a way to get guys over, bunt and going first to third, Voit said. Their pitching depth is unbelievable. You have to give them some credit. They will bring their closer in the fourth inning just to get through the part of our lineup. Its a different philosophy, but it is working.
Especially against the Yankees.
They took it to us, but you know what? We are going to be back next year and get after it, Voit said. But at the end of the day, you have to tip your cap even though it is frustrating and not what we want as Yankee nation.
While the Rays prepared for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday night in San Diego, and were a win away from getting to the World Series, the Yankees readied themselves for an offseason search for starting pitching and decisions on free agents.
James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka can be free agents following the World Series. The Yankees have until three days after the end of the World Series to pick up Zack Brittons $14 million option for 2022. If they dont, Britton can opt out of next years $13 million deal and become a free agent.
DJ LeMahieu, who led the majors with a .364 batting average, will be a free agent. LeMahieu has indicated he would like to remain in The Bronx, and the Yankees love him in the lineup and clubhouse, but nothing is guaranteed in free agency after a season impacted by COVID-19.
With Montgomery, Happ and Tanaka eligible for free agency, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery are the Yankees only two experienced starters. Hence the quest for starters in a free-agent market that is thin after Trevor Bauer. Possibly helping the Yankees add a starter would be the amount of pitchers likely to be non-tendered by cash-strapped teams.
The lack of money caused by no customers in the ballparks is the X factor for free agents this winter. So the Yankees could attempt to trade for a starter, but the price of doing that is expected to be high.
What happens with LeMahieu could impact whether or not the Yankees dangle Voit for a starting pitcher. LeMahieu could shift from second base to first and replace Voit. Such a move would likely be followed by Gleyber Torres moving from short to second and the Yankees looking or a shortstop. In a bolder move, would the Yankees look to deal Torres?
In terms of Gleyber as our shortstop moving forward or not we are going to evaluate all circumstances that best fit us. He is currently our shortstop, general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. I think he is capable of better defense. If we feel something is a better way to go, we will discuss that.
Voit, who played with plantar fasciitis for the final month of the 60-game season and required a recent platelet-rich plasma injection, led the majors with 22 homers. After going 3-for-7 (.429) in two AL wild-card wins over the Indians, however, Voit tailed off in the five ALDS games when he went 2-for-18 (.111) with a homer.
Voit will turn 30 in February, would have made $634,000 this past season in a 162-game schedule and is eligible for arbitration. So considering his production in a very weird season, Voit could be attractive to other clubs. The question could be what teams would be willing to give up for an everyday first baseman.