The New York Yankees have made a splash in what has been a pretty dead free agency period after signing infielder DJ Lemahieu to a six-year, $90 million contract. This may not be as big of a contract as last offseason’s groundbreaking contract with ace Gerrit Cole.
However, Lemahieu has been an integral part of the Yankees offense since he signed a two-year, $24 million contract before the 2019 season. It seemed like Lemahieu was destined to stay in the Bronx for the long term; it was growing rumors that brought other teams into the mix.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees are finalizing a six-year, $90M contract, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.
LeMahieu’s return to New York always felt inevitable. It took a while. But he wanted to be there and Yankees get top free agent target.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 15, 2021
This past season, Lemahieu played in 50 games where he hit .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI with a 1.011 OPS for the Bronx Bombers. Lemahieu is one of the best hitters in the game and is severely underrated.
He has three all-star game appearances, three Gold Glove Awards, two Silver Slugger Awards, and two Batting Titles on his resume as a big leaguer. The ten-year veteran of the big leagues has proven that he was a phenomenal add by the Yankees, who have to be elated to bring back their infielder.
The market has been slow, but Lemahieu’s signing might cause some other pieces to break loose and get some players to start signing as Spring Training starts coming into focus.