The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the contract is believed to be in the $24 million range. They can even flip flop those two at third and second depending on who the coaching staff feels more comfortable with defensively at third.
Former Rockies All-Star DJ LeMahieu has reached a two-year deal with NY that will pay him $24 million, The Athletic and ESPN reported Friday. Only Tulowitzki, provided he can stay healthy, projects as an above average defender.
The only real question mark in the Yankees' infield is first base, with Luke Voit and Greg Bird returning next season.
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LeMahieu, 29, is perennially among the game's premier defensive second baseman and has consistently hit for average, though his overall production has wavered somewhat on a year-over-year basis.
One knock on LeMaheiu many will argue is that most of his offensive accomplishments, including his batting title in 2016 are a product of playing half his games at Coors Field. Part of the team's interest in the 30-year-old can be attributed to his versatility. There's been talk earlier this winter of the possibility that the Yanks could yet move an infielder, and Tulowitzki's league-minimum salary doesn't represent much of an impediment if the Yankees decide to alter their course.
LeMahieu is set to join his former teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, as a member of the New York Yankees. This will help the Yankees' lineup as it will provide balance. The infield defense without Didi looked shaky heading into this season, but now with the addition of LeMaheiu, it shouldn't be as big of an issue, regardless of where they plan to play him.