Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Yankees, 2B D.J. LeMahieu reportedly agree to two-year deal

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Cassandra Castillo | 12 January, 2019, 08:57

I'll believe the Yankees are out on Manny Machado when I see him wearing another team's jersey at his introductory news conference.

With Machado now off the table, there's still a lot of questions that need answers regarding the infield and where LeMaheiu fits in.

LeMahieu's multi-positional abilities will allow him to play second base, with Gleyber Torres at shortstop, in the event that the oft-injured Tulowitzki can not take the field.

The Bombers on Friday reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman confirmed.

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LeMahieu isn't just a good defensive player, he's great with the glove.

Both Andujar and Torres need to be in the lineup every day due to their offense so there's no need to play Tulo every day. Only Tulowitzki, provided he can stay healthy, projects as an above average defender. He can move around the infield despite being a natural second base-man.

No doubt, that is the most probable outcome, perhaps even 95 percent probable. There's been talk earlier this winter of the possibility that the Yanks could yet move an infielder, and Tulowitzki's league-minimum salary doesn't represent much of an impediment if the Yankees decide to alter their course. The righty could also slide over to third base late in games, serving as a defensive replacement for the defensively challenged youngster, Miguel Andujar. Even though he's another right-handed bat in a lineup filled with them LeMaheiu's bat to ball skills should help the Yankees become a more balanced offense that doesn't always rely on hitting the ball over the fence.

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