Pending a physical, the New York Yankees have agreed to a two-year, $24-million deal with second baseman DJ LeMahieu pending a physical.
LeMahieu’s deal could take the Yankees out of the running for Manny Machado whom they were reportedly pursuing.
The 30-year-old ranked as one of the best defensive players in the National League in 2018 and led all major leaguers in defensive regression analysis. Offensively, he is known as a slap hitter who regularly goes to the opposite field, batting .276 with 15 home runs, 62 RBIs, 90 runs and 6 stolen bases last season. He won the National League batting title in 2016.
LeMahieu, a second-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, has a .298 career batting average with 49 home runs, 349 RBIs, 501 runs scored and 75 stolen bases since entering the majors in 2011.