Report: Yankees sign DJ LeMahieu to two-year deal
The deal will be worth $24 million, per Ken Rosenthal, pending a physical.
LeMahieu, 30, has spent his last seven big league seasons with Colorado, over which span he's slashed .299/.352/.408 with 49 homers, 345 RBIs and 498 runs.
The Yankees hope to utilize LeMahieu -- winner of three Gold Glove Awards -- at multiple infield positions, including first, second and third base.
As this offseason has developed, many expected the Yankees to be prime candidates for superstar free agent Manny Machado, however with the previous addition of Troy Tulowitzki and now LeMahieu, "it's another indication that the Yankees appear unlikely to sign Machado," Curry tweets.
The Yankees infield could include any combination of LeMahieu, Tulowitzki, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Luke Voit, Greg Bird, Tyler Wade and (eventually) Didi Gregorius depending on how the roster shakes out this spring, with ample versatility from the middle infielders.
Also worth noting is Gregorius' contract situation; he'll miss a huge portion of 2019 as he recovers from offseason Tommy John surgery, and he'll be a free agent at year's end. Could LeMahieu represent some middle infield coverage for 2020 if the Yankees choose not to extend Gregorius? Only time will tell.
Machado's future now seems destined for either Philadelphia or the South Side of Chicago, effectively closing the book on a chaotic offseason of constant rumors linking him to the Bombers.
Stay tuned for more news and developments as the Yankees continue to build their roster for the 2019 season and beyond.