Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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MLB Free Agency Rumors: DJ LeMahieu Signs 2-Year Contract With Yankees

MLB Free Agency Rumors: DJ LeMahieu Signs 2-Year Contract With Yankees

Curry also added the Yankees plan to use LeMahieu all around the infield.

The Yankees have signed free-agent second basement DJ LeMahieu, giving them an abundance of infielders.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees have reached a two-year agreement with former Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. The Yankees have not publicly made Machado an offer - and with LeMahieu, Andujar, Torres, and Tulowitzki now - they may never get to that point.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the contract is believed to be in the $24 million range. He earned a reputation as a strong defensive infielder, posting a DRS of 67 and UZR of 26.5 as a second baseman. He helps strengthen a pair of obvious Yankees weaknesses: their infield defense (he has won three NL Gold Glove awards, including the past two seasons) and contact skills.

Yup, you'll find a Coors Field disparity: LeMahieu possesses career splits of.330/.387/.448 at home (he played in 37 games for the 2011 Cubs before getting dealt to the Rockies) and.264/.311/.362.

LeMahieu comes to NY after eight seasons with the Rockies.


And LeMahieu is no slouch with the bat, either. He has posted a line of.312/.372/.443 over the last three years.

Their infield also includes rising stars Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar at second and third bases, respectively. Where LeMaheiu fits into the mix once Didi comes back is a question for later on in the season but for now, he makes an already great Yankees team even better. Where does LeMahieu fit in the lineup?

NY brought in Tulowitzki with the understanding that if he's healthy he'll be playing shortstop.

With Greg Bird and Luke Voit still on the roster at first base, the LeMahieu signing may make Andujar an immensely population trade chip again.

Either way, this is a good problem for the Yankees to have.

Machado, one of the game's most polarizing players, didn't create unified giddiness among either Yankees officials or their fan base.

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