According to multiple reports, the Yankees have reached a two-year agreement with former Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. LeMahieu won a surprise National League batting title when he hit.348/.416/.495 in a career year back in 2016, but while he followed that up with a high-quality.310 average in 2017, his power fell off, as he slugged just.409 that season and posted a.099 ISO (slugging minus batting average).
LeMahieu is widely regarded as one of the best defenders at second base; winning the NL Gold Glove at the position three times including the last two years.
I'll believe the Yankees are out on Manny Machado when I see him wearing another team's jersey at his introductory news conference.
NY brought in Tulowitzki with the understanding that if he's healthy he'll be playing shortstop.
Plus, he was a fan-favorite, making this move hurt even more.
LeMahieu has also started 41 games in his career at third base and one game at first base.
The only real question mark in the Yankees' infield is first base, with Luke Voit and Greg Bird returning next season. 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.
As such, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox became the effective front runners to sign Machado in free agency.
With LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki now in the fold, Manny Machado looks to be less of a fit in the Bronx than ever, although the addition of those two players certainly doesn't preclude a signing.