Thursday, 17 January, 2019

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

Manny Machado Mandatory Credit Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2019, 08:54

The New York Yankees appeared to withdraw consideration for Machado's services when they reportedly agreed to terms with veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu.

The Yankees plan to use LeMahieu, a three-time Gold Glover, in a versatile role around the infield.

LeMahieu is the second prominent addition to the Yankees' infield, on the heels of last week's signing of Troy Tulowitzki. With the young Gleyber Torres featuring at second, it's a good insurance policy to have LeMaheiu as an option.

No doubt, that is the most probable outcome, perhaps even 95 percent probable. In this new age, where a hitter's launch angle is more important than ever the 30-year-old LeMaheiu could be a guy who's HR total will continue to rise in the coming years.

The answer might very well be "no" if Machado refuses to lower his expectations; the Yankees' party line is they will not pay him anywhere near $300 million. The righty could also slide over to third base late in games, serving as a defensive replacement for the defensively challenged youngster, Miguel Andujar. 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.

Offensively he'll have to make some adjustments to find success away from Coors field, but he's trending upward from a power standpoint.

This is a move I didn't see coming at all but it's one that is going to help this team in a multitude of ways during the absence of Didi. The Yankees already are.