Yankees, LeMahieu agree to 2-year, $24M deal

DJ LeMahieu, Yankees Agree On 2-Year Contract

This is not to say the Yankees are "in" on Machado, not after reaching agreement on Friday with free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu on a two-year, $24 million contract. There's been talk earlier this winter of the possibility that the Yanks could yet move an infielder, and Tulowitzki's league-minimum salary doesn't represent much of an impediment if the Yankees decide to alter their course. His career high home-run total is 15, but is known to be a slap-hitter to the opposite side of the field which could be extremely beneficial for the Yankees moving forward. It's a crowded mix but a deep and highly talented one that should provide the Yankees plenty of insurance against injury while also allowing them to field a strong lineup even on days when their top bats are resting. LeMahieu won a batting title in 2016 when he hit.348 for the Rockies, but his average dipped to.276 last season. He is also a three-time Gold Glove victor.

LeMahieu's multi-positional abilities will allow him to play second base, with Gleyber Torres at shortstop, in the event that the oft-injured Tulowitzki can not take the field. The breakout slugger has been heavily criticized for his defense at third base, even though his steady offense was one of the biggest bright spots of the 2018 season.

Additionally, he can play third-base and fill in for Andujar if they choose to DH him and utilize his bat over his glove. The 2019 Yankees will also be full of depth as they have valuable assets all around the diamond.

Brian Cashman has a well-earned reputation for making moves out of absolutely nowhere.



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