Yankees Reportedly Sign Another Infielder Who Isn’t Manny Machado

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

He primarily played second base during his tenure in Colorado but he also can handle third and first base.

You win the pool if you predicted, two months ago, the best day of the Yankees' 2018-19 offseason would entail them bringing DJ LeMahieu aboard. LeMahieu also spent time at third base, with limited appearances at first base and shortstop.

Both Andujar and Torres need to be in the lineup every day due to their offense so there's no need to play Tulo every day. Only Tulowitzki, provided he can stay healthy, projects as an above average defender.

Now with two-time All-Star LeMaheiu in the fold, the Yanks can start Tulo at short a couple times a week but on most days they should roll with Gleyber at short and D.J.at second. Where does LeMahieu fit in the lineup?

Signing Machado to a mammoth contract as a reaction to Didi Gregorius' Tommy John surgery, or to Miguel Andujar's poor defense at third base, never made much sense, and that's even before addressing the legitimate questions about his personality fit. The 26-year-old - who is reportedly seeking over $300 million - has reportedly received offers from the White Sox and Phillies.

Even though the Dodgers didn't end up signing LeMahieu, they have to be pleased to see the two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award victor and 2016 National League batting champion leave the NL West.

The LeMahieu signing likely means the Yankees will surpass the $206 million luxury-tax threshold. He led Major League Baseball in defensive regression analysis last season.

Plus, he was a fan-favorite, making this move hurt even more.

There's a lot to digest with today's news but the main takeaway other than how this impacts Machado is that LeMaheiu is really going to help the Yankees defensively. Many scouts believe his offensive numbers are mildly inflated by playing his home games at Coors Field. The Yankees' greater long-term concerns reside in the outfield, where there just happens to be a lefty-hitting, big-stage-loving free agent named Bryce Harper still available.

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