Report: Yankees sign DJ LeMahieu to two-year deal

The New York Yankees signed another infielder, but it wasn’t Manny Machado. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu will join the Yankees on a two-year deal, according to YES Network’s Jack Curry. LeMahieu will make $24 million over two seasons, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

With the Yankees, LeMahieu will get a chance to move all around the infield. The team plans to use him at multiple positions. Perhaps more importantly, the signing signals the Yankees are likely out on Machado.

The team may have already sent that message after signing Troy Tulowitzki, but some fans still held out hope considering Tulowitzki’s low cost and injury history. By bringing in another infielder in LeMahieu, the Yankees no longer have room another infielder, even if Machado would represent a massive upgrade.

A two-time All-Star, LeMahieu has spent the last seven years with the Rockies where he’s greatly benefited from playing his home games in Colorado. While his career slash line reads .298/.350/.406 his home and away splits tell a much different story.

At Coors Field, LeMahieu batted .329/.386/.447 while he hit for .264/.311/.362 on the road. Even still, his numbers are good enough away from Denver to merit placement among the top available second baseman on the market. Along with Daniel Murphy and Brian Dozier, LeMahieu is one of the most reliable free agent infielders in 2018 —not to mention the youngest of the bunch at 30-years-old — and is the only one of the three to win a Gold Glove in three of the last five seasons.

OF Yasiel Puig

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds

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2B DJ Lamahieu

Left the Colorado Rockies in free agency to sign with the New York Yankees

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OF Matt Kemp

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds

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RHP Joe Kelly

Left the Boston Red Sox in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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C Yasmani Grandal

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers

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2B Robinson Cano

Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

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RHP Edwin Diaz

Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

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RHP Jeurys Familia

Left the Oakland Athletics in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

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RF Andrew McCutchen

Left the New York Yankees in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies

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INF Jed Lowrie

Left the Oakland A’s in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

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RHP Ivan Nova

Traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox

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LHP Patrick Corbin

Left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

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1B Paul Goldschmidt

Traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

SS Jean Segura

Traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Philadelphia Phillies

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1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion

Traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

1B Justin Bour

Left the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

1B Yonder Alonso

Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox

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OF Michael Brantley

Left the Cleveland Indians in free agency to sign with the Houston Astros

(Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

RHP Matt Harvey

Left the Cincinnati Reds in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

RHP Anibal Sanchez

Left the Atlanta Braves in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

DH Nelson Cruz

Left the Seattle Mariners in free agency to sign with the Minnesota Twins

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

RHP Kendall Graveman

Left the Oakland A’s in free agency to sign with the Chicago Cubs

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

RHP Charlie Morton

Left the Houston Astros in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Outfielder Domingo Santana

Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Infielder Daniel Murphy

Left the Chicago Cubs in free agency to sign with the Colorado Rockies

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RHP Joakim Soria

Left the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency to sign with the Oakland A’s

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

RHP Andrew Miller

Left the Cleveland Indians in free agency to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

2B Ian Kinsler

Left the Boston Red Sox in free agency to sign with the San Diego Padres

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2B Jurickson Profar

Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland A’s

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

RHP Trevor Cahill

Left the Oakland A’s in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

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2B Brian Dozier

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

RHP Shelby Miller

Left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency to sign with the Texas Rangers

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

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He might not come close to recreating a season like he had in 2016 when he lead the league in batting average (.348), but LeMahieu can still provide tremendous value both at the plate and defensively. Considering his numbers dipped a bit in his contract year, it’s fair to expect a bit of a rebound once he gets settled into his new deal.

This is LeMahieu’s first offseason as a free agent. He earned $8.5 million on a one-year deal with Colorado last season. The Rockies acquired the infielder from the Chicago Cubs back in December of 2011 along with Tyler Colvin for Casey Weathers and Ian Stewart.

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