NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu is placing away his mittens and packing extra mitts.
A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is ready to be part of a crowded New York Yankees infield.
“I used to be advised to convey quite a lot of gloves,” he stated Wednesday on a convention name.
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That is high quality with LeMahieu, who turned a free agent after the season and acquired a $24 million, two-year contract with the Yankees.
LeMahieu was a three-time Gold Glover at second base for the Rockies and hasn’t performed wherever else the final 4 seasons. He has made 24 begins at third base in previous years and in addition dabbled at first base and shortstop.
LeMahieu stated he is “fairly comfy enjoying a number of positions.”
New York has loads of infielders — and, the Yankees being the Yankees, nobody is prepared to utterly rule them out of creating a late play for All-Star free agent Manny Machado.
Second baseman Gleyber Torres and third baseman Miguel Andujar have been among the many high rookies within the majors final 12 months. Shortstop Didi Gregorius might return this summer time after offseason Tommy John surgical procedure.
Plus, the Yankees lately added longtime star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He did not play final season whereas recovering from surgical procedure on each heels — LeMahieu lately talked to his former Rockies double-play accomplice and stated “he is prepared to roll.”
Greg Fowl and Luke Voit principally break up first base for the Yankees final season. LeMahieu is conscious he might see time there, too.
“Sort of see the way it unfolds,” he stated.
The 30-year-old LeMahieu was a two-time All-Star throughout seven seasons with Colorado and led the majors with a .348 batting common in 2016. He hit .310 in 2017 and dipped to .276 final season.
LeMahieu had a career-high 15 dwelling runs final 12 months however is taken into account extra of a high-contact, low-strikeout hitter. His transfer is definite to convey up debate concerning the Coors Subject impact — he’s a lifetime .329 hitter at that park and .266 elsewhere.
“It will’ve been good” to keep in Colorado, he stated. As soon as the Rockies stated they have been entering into a special path for the long run, LeMahieu stated the Yankees have been on the high of his checklist.
LeMahieu recalled, with enthusiasm, the one two video games he performed within the Bronx, in 2016.
“To play at Yankee Stadium was fairly cool,” he stated.
LeMahieu hasn’t gotten to the playoffs fairly often. In his postseason debut, the Rockies misplaced the 2017 NL wild-card sport. Final season, they beat the Cubs within the wild-card sport, then misplaced to Milwaukee within the NL Division Collection.
LeMahieu joins a Yankees membership that won 100 video games final season in incomes an AL wild-card berth and has won a file 27 World Collection championships.
“You take a look at this workforce on paper, it is stacked,” he stated.
LeMahieu’s deal raises the Yankees’ projected luxurious tax payroll to about $213 million. The brink is $206 million, and the workforce nonetheless might commerce pitcher Sonny Grey and his $6.5 million wage.
The Yankees acquired LHP Ronald Roman and $50,000 from Arizona for OF Tim Locastro. Roman, 17, was signed by the Diamondbacks final July as a nondrafted free agent and can make his professional debut this season. Locastro, 26, went 2-for-12 in 21 video games for the Los Angeles Dodgers the final two seasons and was traded to the Yankees in November for a minor leaguer and money.