1B,2B,3B - FA
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports the Nationals are showing "continued interest" in free agent INF DJ LeMahieu.
Morosi notes that Washington also pursued LeMahieu when he was a free agent two years ago. We've heard that LeMahieu prefers to remain in the New York area, and a return to the Yankees still feels like the eventual outcome here. He's arguably the top second baseman in fantasy baseball entering 2021.
Andy Martino of SNY reports free agent INF DJ LeMahieu is still more likely to resign with the Yankees than to sign with the Mets.
It's no secret that the Mets are planning to spend this offseason. The LeMahieu connection strengthened on Wednesday following the year-long suspension of Robinson Cano. However, the Mets still have Jeff McNeil to plug in at second base while the Yankees and LeMahieu remain interested in getting a deal done. DJL should be considered one of the top-three second basemen in fantasy entering 2021.
DJ LeMahieu will decline the Yankees' one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer for 2021 prior to Wednesday's deadline.
LeMahieu declined the Yankees one-year qualifying offer and hit the open market this offseason. He completed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Yankees signed in January 2019. The 32-year-old was recently named as a finalist for the 2020 AL MVP award. He is reportedly seeking a long-term deal worth $20 million annually. LeMahieu was terrific for the Yankees in 2020, slashing .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs, 21 RBI, 41 runs scored and three stolen bases over 216 plate appearances this season.
DJ LeMahieu, along with Jose Abreu and Jose Ramirez was named as a finalist for the 2020 AL MVP award.
LeMahieu finished fourth in AL MVP voting in 2019. He has been a pleasant surprise for New York and was recently extended an $18.9 million qualifying offer by the Yankees. LeMahieu produced once again for the Yankees in 2020, leading the majors with a .364 batting average. The 32-year-old 2B slashed .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs, 21 RBI, 41 runs scored and three stolen bases over 216 plate appearances this season.
DJ LeMahieu had an $18.9 million qualifying offer extended to him on Sunday by the Yankees.
LeMahieu signed a two-year, $24 million deal back in 2018 and has been worth every penny for the Yankees since then. He registered a stellar .364/.421/.590 batting line with ten home runs and 27 RBI (195 AB's). It will cost the Yankees a fair amount of cash to keep the 32-year old in the fold but they'll be given a draft pick if they can't retain his services.