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D.J. LeMahieu doesn’t have the star energy of Manny Machado, however he’s nonetheless a man who can actually assist the Yankees infield in 2019 and past.
Brian Cashman has a well-earned repute for making strikes out of completely nowhere. It occurred once more on Friday when the Yankees shocked the baseball world by touchdown D.J. LeMahieu.
Cashman took benefit of the remainder of the baseball world’s deal with Manny Machado to ink the previous Rockies star to a two-year, $24 million deal. A part of the workforce’s curiosity within the 30-year-old could be attributed to his versatility. He primarily performed second base throughout his tenure in Colorado however he can also deal with third and first base. The Yankees are anticipated to make use of LeMahieu in quite a lot of positions subsequent season.
Including LeMahieu to Aaron Boone’s infield choices solves one of many Yankees largest potential weaknesses. Lining up daily with Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Troy Tulowitzki and Miguel Andujar because the beginning infield would have been one of many worst defensive teams in all of MLB. Solely Tulowitzki, supplied he can keep wholesome, tasks as an above common defender. Voit and Andujar are among the many worst defenders in baseball at their respective positions.
LeMahieu isn’t only a good defensive participant, he’s nice with the glove. He led MLB in defensive regression evaluation final season. He simply turns into the Yankees finest defensive choice at a number of infield positions as soon as he arrives within the Bronx.
His skill to be a optimistic offensive presence for the workforce will possible decide simply how a lot enjoying time he will get. LeMahieu received a batting title in 2016 when he hit .348 for the Rockies, however his common dipped to .276 final season. Many scouts consider his offensive numbers are mildly inflated by enjoying his residence video games at Coors Discipline. Regardless of that very actual chance, he ought to be capable to swing the bat as a league common or higher center infielder over the following two seasons.
Signing LeMahieu isn’t going to thrill Yankees followers who’ve their coronary heart set on Machado, however it is a actually stable, wise transfer by Cashman. It’s simply the form of transaction that may assist the Yankees finish their World Sequence drought in 2019.