Yankees sign DJ LeMahieu to two-year deal

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

That's making it legitimately worthwhile to question whether NY will sign Machado, who has garnered interest from the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox.

Instead, the Yankees on Friday came to terms with free agent infielder D.J. LeMahieu on a two-year, $24 million contract, according to multiple reports.

The Dodgers remain without clear options to start catcher and second base for the 2019 season, so president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and his staff still have some work to do.

While the focus has been on the Bryce Haprer when it comes to the Phillies this weekend, it looks like they may be the favorite now to land Manny Machado. By bringing in another infielder in LeMahieu, the Yankees no longer have room another infielder, even if Machado would represent a massive upgrade.

A two-time All-Star, LeMahieu has spent the last seven years with the Rockies where he's greatly benefited from playing his home games in Colorado. While his career slash line reads.298/.350/.406 his home and away splits tell a much different story. There's legitimate skepticism about what he can do away from hitter-friendly Coors Field, though.

The addition of LeMahieu would seem to end any chance the Yankees had of signing Machado, since LeMahieu will be joining - barring any other moves - a crowded infield that already includes Gleyber Torres at second, Miguel Andujar at third and the recently signed Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop, as well as Luke Voit and Greg Bird vying for the first base job. Considering his numbers dipped a bit in his contract year, it's fair to expect a bit of a rebound once he gets settled into his new deal.

The 30-year-old won the National League batting title in 2016, hitting.348.

Blake Schuster is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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