Major League Baseball rumors: Giants interested in former Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

The slow second base market appears to finally be heating up, and the Giants could be right in the middle of it.

The Giants are discussing trade scenarios involving Joe Panik with multiple clubs, tweets ESPN's Jeff Passan, who notes that the infield market is beginning to pick up some steam (as evidenced by this morning's agreement between Brian Dozier and the Nationals).

The Giants have had interest in LeMahieu all winter, but did not have an opening after they re-signed Panik to a one-year deal in November. The Giants were happy to bring him back through the arbitration process, but also realized that second base was one of the few spots where they could make substantial changes.

He is a career.298 hitter with a.350 on-base percentage.

LeMehieu, 30, has spent the last eight big-league seasons with the Colorado Rockies, winning two Gold Gloves (including one in 2018) and making two All-Star appearances during that time.

LeMahieu is coming off a bit of a down year offensively for the Rockies, hitting.276/.321/.428 with 15 home runs, 90 runs scored and 62 RBI in 128 games.

All in all, LeMahieu generally rates as an average or better overall hitter with premium defensive skills.

A good portion of the Major League Baseball offseason has come and gone as Spring Training begins in one month, but to this point, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made more subtractions than additions to their roster.

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