Yankees sign infielder DJ LeMahieu to two-year contract
The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have signed two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove-winning infielder DJ LeMahieu ("leh-MAY-hyoo") to a two-year contract through the 2020 season.
LeMahieu, 30, hit a career-high 15 home runs with the Colorado Rockies in 2018 while batting .276 (147-for-533) with 90 runs, 32 doubles, two triples and 62 RBI in 128 games.
Over eight Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2011) and the Rockies (2012-18), the right-handed batter has hit .298/.350/.406 (1,026-for-3,445) with 501 runs, 163 doubles, 31 triples, 49 home runs and 349 RBI in 955 career games. He won the 2016 National League batting title with a career-high .348 batting average and made two NL All-Star Teams in 2015 and 2017.
Among 104 hitters with at least 2,000 plate appearances over the last four seasons (2015-18), the Visalia, California, native has the fifth-lowest swing-and-miss rate (5.0%), the sixth-highest contact rate (88.2%) and the eighth-highest line-drive rate (24.6%).
Over the last five seasons (2014-18), LeMahieu has won three NL Gold Gloves at second base (2014, '17-18) and leads NL second basemen (12th among all Major League defenders) with 48 defensive runs saved. He has played strictly second base for the last four seasons but has seen action at all four infield spots in his career, appearing in 892 games (857 starts) at second base, 41 games (24 starts) at third base, four games (one start) at first base and four games at shortstop.
He is one of five active players to win a batting title and earn multiple Gold Glove awards, joining Mookie Betts, Carlos González, Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki.
He was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft before being acquired by the Rockies in a four-player trade on December 8, 2011.
To make room for LeMahieu on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated OF Tim Locastro for assignment.