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Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

There's been noise this week that the Yankees are less aggressively after Manny Machado than anticipated.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees have reached a two-year agreement with former Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. The reported contract is believed to be worth $24 million over the next two seasons. Given that the Yankees are paying him a $12 million salary over the next two seasons you figure he's going to play just about every day. This past season, most of his pop returned, but his overall output checked in at.276/.321/.428 - rather pedestrian production when considering his hitter-friendly home setting (86 wRC+).

The Yankees' infield now likely consists of Miguel Andujar at third base, Tulowitzki at short, Gleyber Torres at second base and Luke Voit at first, with LeMahieu filling in as a versatile super-sub and Greg Bird also on hand as an option at first base. He's an elite defender at the position winning three gold gloves throughout his career and he's led all second basemen with 29 defensive runs saved since 2016. 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. He led Major League Baseball in defensive regression analysis last season. In my opinion, the 2019 New York Yankees are better without the expensive star.

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DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki are low (er) risk signings that won't force the club to change their direction away from their young core.

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Plus, he was a fan-favorite, making this move hurt even more. We will have to wait and see, but the Bronx Bombers should be in the conversation.