Yankees To Sign DJ LeMahieu

Yankees To Sign DJ LeMahieu

We are left to wonder, does this move make the New York Yankees the best team in baseball?

On Friday afternoon, they agreed to a two-year deal with former Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, according to Ken Rosenthal. Lining up every day with Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Troy Tulowitzki and Miguel Andujar as the starting infield would have been one of the worst defensive groups in all of Major League Baseball. He's an elite defender at the position winning three gold gloves throughout his career and he's led all second basemen with 29 defensive runs saved since 2016.

The only real question mark in the Yankees' infield is first base, with Luke Voit and Greg Bird returning next season.

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While LeMahieu does not sport much power, he possesses good bat to ball skills. Many scouts believe his offensive numbers are mildly inflated by playing his home games at Coors Field. Signing Machado would be about more than this year for the Yankees, who don't seem sold on the defensively-challenged Andujar at third base, and again, have a soon-to-be free agent in Gregorius.

Despite the seemingly obvious fit at second that would move star rookie Gleyber Torres to shortstop, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that New York's plan is to have LeMahieu serve as a utility infielder. 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. The righty could also slide over to third base late in games, serving as a defensive replacement for the defensively challenged youngster, Miguel Andujar.

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