The New York Yankees have further removed themselves from the Manny Machado sweepstakes after their latest addition of free agent infielder DJ Lemahieu. The contract is a 2-year deal worth $24 million with the Yankees first reported by Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic this morning. The deal has pretty much solidified the Yankees infield after the signing of Troy Tulowitzki not too long ago.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2019
In 2018, Lemahieu spent his time with the Colorado Rockies who made a big push and got into the NLDS series where they lost to the Milwaukee Brewers. Lemahieu posted a .276/.321/.428 slash line with 15 home runs and 62 RBI’s. Lemahieu was also second in all second baseman in defensive runs saved which shows his incredible defensive prowess. The funny thing about Lemahieu’s contract with the Yankees is that it is the same contract that Daniel Murphy signed with Lemahieu’s former Rockies
The Yankees infield now features Troy Tulowitzki, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorious, and Lemahieu. The thing about this infield is that there is a lot of versatility, Torres plays second and shortstop as well as Gregorious. Tulowitzki plays shortstop and third base and could possibly make the transfer to second base if necessary with Miguel Andujar having the ability play third and first base as well. Lemahieu comes into this infield with the versatility to play second base, third base, or shortstop. This move pretty much counts the Yankees out on Machado, but they are the Yankees so can you ever count them out? But, this pretty much seems like this is who they want to roll with for the 2019 season.