1B,2B,3B - NYY
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Yankees have come to terms with DJ LeMahieu on a six-year, $90 million contract.
It was reported earlier this morning that the two sides were finalizing an agreement. LeMahieu always wanted to remain in New York and the Yankees certainly wanted him to stay around as well. The 32-year-old hit .364 with a 1.011 OPS and 10 homers during the shortened 2020 season. There's a case to be made for him as the top second baseman in fantasy baseball this year.
Free agent 1B/2B DJ LeMahieu is reportedly finalizing a contract with the New York Yankees. A deal could happen as soon as Friday.
The Yankees were reportedly the front runner to re-sign LeMahieu and it could happen as soon as Friday. The details of the contract have yet to be announced. He declined his one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer with the Yankees back in November. LaMahieu has been excellent the last two seasons and is currently 30th overall in the latest expert consensus draft rankings. Stay tuned.
Tim Brown of Yahoo reports free agent INF DJ LeMahieu told his representatives to begin negotiations with other clubs.
The expectation all along has been that LeMahieu would re-sign with the Yankees. However, so far they don't seem interested in meeting his asking price. Brown reports LeMahieu wants more than Josh Donaldson's four-year, $92 million deal from last offseason. LeMahieu has been fantastic the past two seasons, but MLB teams have mostly been reluctant to spend so far this winter. Perhaps another team will begin to aggressively pursue LeMahieu, which will force the Yankees to consider how badly they want to retain him.
DJ LeMahieu was "recently contacted" by the New York Mets, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Heyman said this could potentially set up a "New York-New York battle" for LeMahieu, who has been considered a top priority for the Yankees this offseason. The Nationals have also been linked to the second baseman but either New York team seems like a more realistic possibility to sign him. Both possess pockets deep enough to meet LeMahieu's reported asking price (around $125 million). The 32-year-old had a fantastic 2020, slashing .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI over 195 at-bats. It's nice to have a little excitement during this dreadfully slow offseason.
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.