The Yankees have a new infielder. It's just not Manny Machado.
The Bombers are bringing DJ LeMahieu into the fold on a two-year deal worth $24 million, per multiple reports. The YES Network’s Jack Curry was first to report the deal.
The deal has not been officially announced.
A two-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies, LeMahieu has spent all but 25 games of his big-league career at second base.
The 30-year-old former LSU star hit .276 last season with 15 home runs and 62 RBI. He won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average playing his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
For his career, LeMahieu has a .298 average with 49 homers and 349 RBI with a .756 OPS.
Adding LeMahieu — a three-time Gold Glove winner — is another sign the Yankees are likely out of the Machado sweepstakes.
The Yankees are reportedly eyeing LeMahieu as a do-it-all infielder who can play at first, second or third.
LeMahieu is the second former Rockies star to join up with the Bombers this offseason as the Yankees inked oft-injured veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki earlier this month.
Tulowitzki, who was cut loose by the Blue Jays, hasn’t played since the 2017 season. If he proves he can stay healthy, Tulowitzki will start at shortstop for the Yankees while Didi Gregorius rehabs from Tommy John surgery.
HICKS AVOIDS ARBITRATION
Outfielder Aaron Hicks agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and more than doubled his salary from $2,825,000. The 29-year-old switch-hitter took over as the Yankees primary center fielder and set career highs with 137 games, 27 homers and 79 RBI.
The Yankees also avoided arbitration with Dellin Betances (whose negotiations got ugly in 2017), Greg Bird, Sonny Gray, Gregorius, Tommy Kahnle, James Paxton and Austin Romine. They all agreed to terms on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts.
They will head to arbitration with pitcher Luis Severino.
Pitcher A.J. Cole was also claimed off waivers by the Indians.
- With The Associated Press