Who should be the Yankees starting first baseman?
The candidates are clear they are Luke Voit and Greg Bird. Both are have great potential to help the Yankees lineup and make it even more dangerous.
The Case for Bird
Now Bird burst onto the scene back in 2015 when he hit .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games. After this terrific showing it seemed that Bird was the next great Yankee first baseman after Mark Texiera retired. But this didn't happen and a slew on injuries have held Bird back. He hit just .199 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs over 82 games last season.
But there is still hope for Bird in 17 Spring training games he's hit .333 with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs. Bird is also a left handed hitter which would add some nice left handed power to a mainly right handed Yankee lineup.
The Case for Voit
Luke Voit burst onto the season last year with the Yankees after being traded from the Cardinals. Voit hit .332 with 15 home runs and 36 RBIs in 54 games.
Now Voit would be a very good choice as the Yankees starting first baseman and he continues to impress. In 14 Spring training games Voit is hitting .316 with 4 home runs and 11 RBIs.
Who should start
This is a very hard choice but Voit should be the Yankees starting first baseman. Neither Bird or Voit has seperated themselves from the other in Spring training. Voit hasn't had any injury problems and had a far better season last year than bird. So the choice for the starting first baseman is Voit because he had a better season last year and has been much more durable than bird.