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

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

By bringing in another infielder in LeMahieu, the Yankees no longer have room another infielder, even if Machado would represent a massive upgrade.

This move nearly guarantees that the Yankees are out of the race for Manny Machado.

It's beginning to look more and more like the New York Yankees won't be signing All-Star infielder Manny Machado.

The New York Yankees have agreed to a two-year, $24-million deal with second baseman DJ LeMahieu pending a physical, a source told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

LeMahieu comes to NY after eight seasons with the Rockies.

At 30-years-old, the defensive maestro will offer extreme value to the Yankees.

Throughout the offseason, the Yankees were said to be uninterested in engaging Machado and his agent, Dan Lozano, about a contract in the 10-year, $300 million range and he would only fall to them if the Phillies and White Sox didn't come close to those numbers.

At Coors Field, LeMahieu batted.329/.386/.447 while he hit for.264/.311/.362 on the road.

Even though the Dodgers didn't end up signing LeMahieu, they have to be pleased to see the two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award victor and 2016 National League batting champion leave the NL West. LeMahieu has a.330 career average at Coors, almost 70 points better than his average on the road, and his.835 home OPS is miles ahead of the.673 number he put up away from Coors. For instance, he had an OPS of.793 at home previous year and just.698 on the road.

LeMahieu also missed time in 2018 with an oblique injury.

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