Major League Baseball rumors: Yankees, DJ LeMahieu near 2-year deal

DJ LeMahieu, Yankees Agree On 2-Year Contract

DJ LeMahieu, Yankees Agree On 2-Year Contract

While the Colorado Rockies have been slow to sign players this offseason - only landing Daniel Murphy so far - they have now lost one of their most key players in DJ LeMahieu. The move is already sparking speculation that NY is bowing out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes.

It appears they are likely, not definitely, out on Machado now. Thanks to their mastery of the proportional response. What of slugger Miguel Andujar's very bad third base defense? Where LeMaheiu fits into the mix once Didi comes back is a question for later on in the season but for now, he makes an already great Yankees team even better. At the least, the Yankees should meet and engage with Harper the way they did with Machado and see if common ground can be found.

Source confirms: Free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu heading to #Yankees on two-year deal. He helps strengthen a pair of obvious Yankees weaknesses: their infield defense (he has won three NL Gold Glove awards, including the past two seasons) and contact skills. The 26-year-old - who is reportedly seeking over $300 million - has reportedly received offers from the White Sox and Phillies.

LeMahieu has also started 41 games in his career at third base and one game at first base. In 2015, he was named to his first All-Star Game and his.348 batting average in 2016 was the best in the National League. None carries the statistical certainty of Gregorius or, well, Machado.

Either way, this is a good problem for the Yankees to have.

NY brought in Tulowitzki with the understanding that if he's healthy he'll be playing shortstop.

Let's not forget the Yankees' trade for Giancarlo Stanton, a year ago, ranked as a disproportionate response to missing out on Shohei Ohtani. The Yankees are expected to use LeMahieu in a variety of positions next season.

Buckle up, Yankees fans. As much as anything, his availability served as a moratorium on Hal Steinbrenner's willingness to spend.