NEW YORK (AP) – DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees have decided to sign a two-year, $ 24 million deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. New York as a destination for Manny Machado.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday because no agreement had been announced.
LeMahieu, 30, spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at Coors Field, a battering-friendly club, and won the league title in 2016 with an average of .348. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second consecutive title, Gold Glove, and his third place overall.
New York was looking for infielders in the absence of the short stop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from an operation at Tommy John and who is not expected before the summer. The Yankees hired former Colorado player Troy Tulowitzki last week and told them he would be their base player. LeMahieu will probably see time go into second, third and maybe even first.
NOTES: OF Aaron Hicks has accepted a $ 6 million one-year contract that avoids arbitration and has more than doubled his salary of $ 2,825,000. The 29-year-old striker became the Yankees' leading league player and set career highs with 137 games, 27 homers and 79 RBIs. The Yankees have also signed one-year agreements with Gregorius ($ 11.75 million), Dellin Betances ($ 7,250,000), new acquirer James Paxton ($ 8,575,000), pitcher Sonny Gray ( $ 7.5 million), Austin Romine relief catcher ($ 1.8 million) and southpaw Tommy. Kahnle ($ 1,387,500). Gregorius made $ 8.25 million last season … Star player Luis Severino, who scored 19 goals against 8, averaging 3.39 euros, exchanged wages with the Yankees, asking for 5.25 million $ 4.4 million. One-year right-handers earned $ 604,975 last season … The Yankees recruited RHP players Drew Hutchison and OF Matt Lipka for minor league agreements and invited them to spring league training. Hutchison was combined 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA as Lipka starter, 26, hit 0.240 with 21 Double A flights in the San Francisco system.