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MLB free agent, trade news: Yankees send slugger Luke Voit to Padres

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Spring training games have officially started and teams have a lot of work to do before the regular season begins on April 7, on and off the field.

Major free agents remain unsigned and months of trade talks are condensing into a few weeks after Major League Baseball’s lockout.

Earlier Friday, the New York Yankees traded first baseman Luke Voit to the San Diego Padres after re-signing Anthony Rizzo to a two-year deal earlier in the week.

Keep it here all day, and through spring training, for the latest baseball news and buzz.

Luke Voit heading to San Diego

About an hour before Friday’s spring opener, Luke Voit was in a batting cage when Yankees manager Aaron Boone approached.

“I thought something was going to happen in the last two days,” said Voit, whose days in pinstripes were numbered after the signing of Anthony Rizzo.

Voit was traded to the San Diego Padres for pitching prospect Justin Lange, his first-round pick (34th overall) in 2020.

Voit led the major leagues with 22 home runs during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he hit .277 with 52 RBIs. He made four trips to the disabled list last year and hit .239 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 68 games with the Yankees, including five homers in the eighth inning or later.

The 31-year-old appears to be the Padres’ regular designated hitter with Eric Hosmer at first base.

– Pete Caldera, NorthJersey.com

Luke Voit led the majors with 22 home runs in the 60-game 2020 season.

Dodgers bring back Danny Duffy

The Dodgers announced Friday they have signed left-hander Danny Duffy to a one-year deal with a club option for 2023. Los Angeles acquired Duffy from the Kansas City Royals before the trade deadline, but he did not pitch for his new team, missing the rest of the season due to injury.

Duffy had a 2.51 ERA in 61 innings for the Royals before the trade and had a 4.04 ERA since becoming a full-time starter in 2016.

The 33-year-old figures will compete for starts at the back of the Dodgers’ rotation.

The Philadelphia Phillies are poised to bypass Major League Baseball’s luxury tax, going after powerhouse outfielder Nick Castellanos two days after signing Kyle Schwarber. His biggest obstacle to a Castellanos deal, however, may come from an unlikely division foe: the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies and Marlins are Castellanos’ top suitors, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the talks are continuing.

Castellanos, 30, was an All-Star and Silver Slugger last season in Cincinnati, where he hit a career-best 34 home runs before opting out of a four-year, $64 million deal after two seasons.

– Gabe Lacques

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Luke Voit to Padres in trade with Yankees: MLB updates, news, rumors

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