DJ LeMahieu has reached an settlement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources informed ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
LeMahieu will be a part of the Yankees after seven spectacular seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star picks, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 Nationwide League batting title.
The 30-year-old ranked as the most effective defensive gamers within the Nationwide League in 2018 and led all main leaguers — at any place — in defensive regression evaluation. Offensively, the 6-foot-Four LeMahieu is called a slap hitter who repeatedly goes to the other area, batting .276 with 15 residence runs, 62 RBIs, 90 runs and 6 stolen bases final season.
LeMahieu’s offensive manufacturing in Colorado is topic to the standard dissection. His general numbers are skewed by his .329/.386/.447 profession slash line at Coors Subject. However over the previous two seasons, he has hit 16 of his 23 homers on the highway. And he hit .303 on the highway in 2016 and .294 in 2017 earlier than dipping to .229 away from Coors final season.
Whereas the Rockies needed to hold their core group intact — alongside with Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon — the group has low-cost choices arising by means of the system with infielders Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers.
“DJ is the quintessential Rockie who by no means will get heard from,” Blackmon mentioned close to the top of the common season. “He is the man you’re taking as a right, as a result of he is at all times on the market. Each ball that is hit to him is an out. He at all times has skilled at-bats, and he is at all times doing the precise factor.”
Added Arenado: “He is the identical man each day, good or unhealthy. … He units the usual for us. We go the place he goes, actually.”
LeMahieu, a second-round choose by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, has a .298 profession batting common with 49 residence runs, 349 RBIs, 501 runs scored and 75 stolen bases since coming into the majors in 2011.