Yankees agree to deal with DJ LeMahieu, per report

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The Yankees have reportedly brought back free agent infielder D.J. LeMahieu, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Friday morning that the two sides were close to a deal, and Jon Heyman later reported that the deal was indeed agreed to. Heyman puts the deal at $90 million.

LeMahieu, 32, has only spent the last two years of his career with the Yankees, but he finished fourth in MVP voting in 2019 and third in 2020. Last season, he hit .364/.421/.590 (177 OPS+) with 10 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 27 RBI and 41 runs in 50 games. The reigning AL batting champion led the majors in average while also pacing the AL in on-base percentage, OPS and OPS+.

Landing back in the Bronx was always the most likely conclusion for the free agent infielder, but talks between both sides extended for months in the uncertain 2020-21 MLB offseason. 

He’ll slide right back into that leadoff spot in front of the likes of Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton and others. There was always the chance of the Yankees grabbing a shortstop and moving Gleyber Torres to second base, but bringing back LeMahieu likely means he will remain at second — which leaves Torres at short. 

With LeMahieu off the board, the top remaining free agent middle infielders include Andrelton Simmons (SS), Marcus Semien (SS), Didi Gregorius (SS), Kolten Wong (2B) and Tommy La Stella (2B).

LeMahieu checked in at fourth overall on our CBS Sports top 60 free agents for this offseason. The top three remaining free agents are George Springer (OF), J.T. Realmuto (C) and Trevor Bauer (SP). 

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