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Will the Milwaukee Brewers offer former Yankees first baseman and designated hitter Luke Voit a spot on their Opening Day roster, or will they let him walk? There are conflicting signals.

On Friday, the Brewers scratched Voit from the lineup, which seemed to indicate that Voit was going to invoke his opt-out clause. Last week, Voit gave the Brewers an extension to Friday, but also said that there were other teams interested.

Later on Friday, the Brewers told infielder Keston Hiura that he will not be on the active roster, and with Hiura out of minor league option years, the Brewers will have to trade him or place him on waivers soon. That would seem to open a roster spot — a good sign for Voit.

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Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies — with first baseman Rhys Hoskins headed for knee surgery and lost for the season and right fielder Bryce Harper’s return date from Tommy John surgery uncertain — might be looking for middle-of-the-lineup power at first base.

According to MLBtraderumors.com:

The Phils will have to sort out how to divvy up first base playing time. The most straightforward decision would be to give the job to 27-year-old Darick Hall. A left-handed power bat, Hall got into his first 42 MLB games last season. He connected on nine long balls and slugged .522 in 142 plate appearances. ...

Aside from Hall, the Phils could give occasional first base reps to either of [Kyle] Schwarber or [Nick] Castellanos. Utility players like Josh Harrison or Kody Clemens could take some at-bats but aren’t likely to hit enough to play there regularly. The Phillies could also slide third baseman Alec Bohm across the diamond — particularly if they want the right-handed Bohm to take some reps from Hall against lefty pitching — while plugging Harrison or Edmundo Sosa at the hot corner for defensive purposes. Realmuto also seems likely to pick up a few starts on days when the Phils want to get him some time off from behind the dish.

Since winning the AL home run title with the Yankees in the Covid-shortened season in 2020, Voit has bounced around the majors — from the Yankees to the Padres to the Nationals to the Brewers. And there’s a chance he’ll bounce again.

Voit is hitting .316 with two home runs and four RBI, with an OPS of .859.

“I’ve done what I can do. I’m raking right now,” Voit said via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m having fun, these guys are great, so I’m just taking care of myself.”

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