PHILADELPHIA — Only two days ago, MacKenzie Gore and Luke Voit were teammates on the Padres. One blockbuster trade and two coast-to-coast red-eye flights later, they were sitting next to each other inside the visitors’ clubhouse Thursday at Citizens Bank Park wearing Nationals gear as they met their new club before a 5-4 loss (five innings, rain) to the Phillies.
Gore, a 23-year-old left-hander, and Voit, a 31-year-old first baseman/designated hitter, are the first two of the six players acquired from San Diego to join Washington. The pair is at different points in their season and their career, but they both factor into the Nats’ game plan following the acquisition. Here’s how:
Voit: Immediate veteran leadership
In addition to their on-field resume, Josh Bell and Juan Soto were two of the leaders on the Nationals. Manager Dave Martinez is looking for the veteran Voit to step into the role in his sixth season.
“The first thing is just learning these guys, learning how they go about their business and just setting a good example,” Voit said. “I’m a guy that’s going to show up early. I’ll be in the weight room, obviously, and then I have a good routine. Hopefully, I can talk to these guys about having a great game plan for these starting pitchers because I’ve had a lot more at-bats than most of these guys.”
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