Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

Lynette Rowe
January 13, 2019

Both Chicago and Philadelphia are among the contenders to sign Bryce Harper. Then decide at the end if they are willing to meet Machado's price.

Harper and his representative, Scott Boras, met with Phillies owner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler for several hours.

While Manny Machado waits to make his move, the Yankees are continuing to stockpile infielders.

And now, it seems like a two-horse race for Machado between the White Sox and Phillies.

For the Yankees to truly be out on Machado at this point, he'd have to have offers in hand from the White Sox and Phillies that he knows he would be comfortable accepting, and also he'd have to know that the Yankees definitely will not be approaching those offers.

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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the contract is believed to be in the $24 million range. That could impact their pursuit of the latter if they secure the former Baltimore Oriole, as it may make them slightly less desperate to secure the signature of Harper, should it come to that.

The Yankees agreed to a two-year contract with second baseman DJ LeMahieu on Friday, according to the YES Network's Jack Curry.

It'll be interesting to see how the Yankees envision LeMahieu fitting in - and does his addition mean they're out of the Machado sweepstakes? If New York does not sign Machado, the page creator Joshua Anderson from Belton, MO says he will donate all funds to the Coalition for the Homeless in New York City so either way, the money won't go to waste.

LeMahieu's deal could take the Yankees out of the running for Manny Machado, the All-Star slugger they were reportedly pursuing.

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