New York Yankees: Chad Green is wondering what’s going on with DJ LeMahieu’s negotiations

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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) reacts after pitching against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees want to retain free agent DJ LeMahieu. Their general manager, Brian Cashman, has gone on the record saying that it remains the team’s top priority this offseason. However, so far, there hasn’t been much progress in talks and the infielder is reportedly getting frustrated, telling his agents to engage with other teams that offer something closer to what he wants: five years and more than $110 million.

Fans are definitely puzzled that they haven’t been able to come to terms. Now, fellow players are starting to get worried, too. After all, LeMahieu was the Yankees’ leading contributor in fWAR the last two seasons.

The 32-year old infielder slashed .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs and a 177 wRC+ in 2020, winning the batting average title in the process.

The Yankees players are respecting his privacy

New York Yankees reliever Chad Green talked on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with Jon Morosi and Ryan Spilborghs on Tuesday, and said that he has given his teammate space and hasn’t asked about his future, but he is, no doubt, curious.

“I personally haven’t texted him, but I’ve definitely texted guys who are really close to him and have been like, ‘OK, what’s the deal with DJ? Are we signing him back or what’s going on?’

“So, I personally, I’m just going to leave him alone. But I’ve definitely asked some other guys what’s going on. I think the other guys have said too, they’ve just kind of left him alone about it and let him make the best decision for himself.”

LeMahieu’ season with the Yankees earned him the third place in the American League MVP voting process, just behind winner Jose Abreu and Jose Ramirez.

On Sunday, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported that LeMahieu has become “dismayed” with the Yankees’ approach towards his free agency.