The New York Yankees have signed one of the MLB’s top defensive players in DJ LeMahieu. The deal is worth two-years, $24 million.
What does DJ LeMaheiu have to offer the New York Yankees?
After seven solid seasons with the Colorado Rockies, LeMaheiu will join the Bombers in New York as a solid rotational piece moving forward. He has two All-Star selections, three Gold Gloves awards and the 2016 National League batting title.
At 30-years-old, the defensive maestro will offer extreme value to the Yankees. He can move around the infield despite being a natural second base-man. With the young Gleyber Torres featuring at second, it’s a good insurance policy to have LeMaheiu as an option.
Additionally, he can play third-base and fill in for Andujar if they choose to DH him and utilize his bat over his glove.
When the former Rockie won the batting title in 2016, he hit .348 and has a career average of .298. His career high home-run total is 15, but is known to be a slap-hitter to the opposite side of the field which could be extremely beneficial for the Yankees moving forward.
This move almost guarantees that the Yankees are out of the race for Manny Machado.