The New York Yankees and second baseman DJ LeMathieu have signed a two-year deal valued at $ 24 million Friday. according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

LeMahieu, 30, hit .276 / .321 / .428 last season with 15 races for the Colorado Rockies. He won the National League title by beating .348 in 2016. However, his offensive numbers have dropped in each of the previous two seasons.

The New York plan for LeMahieu is to use it as a multi-position asset, where he will see time go to the second, third and even first base, by Jack Curry YES.

The signature of another infield player, after Troy Tulowitzki last week, could mean that the Yankees could be part of the best independent player Manny Machado, although, as Jeff Passan of ESPN said, the Yankees now have an abundance of infielders and none of them is at the same level as Machado. The team is now composed of Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Tulowitzki. A short stop, Didi Gregorius, is expected to return in the 2019 season after recovering from an operation at Tommy John.

The Yankees were one of three known teams – with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox – this season off after Machado. New York reportedly conducted extensive research on Machado's background in November. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner expressed concern over Machado's occasional lack of scramble in the playoffs and Machado's subsequent comments on the subject. But rest, Machado visited Yankee Stadium before New Year.

Shortly after their meeting, Machado set off other rumors when he starts following the YES network. Then there were reports of his wife Yainee being interested in living in the Big Apple.

In the end, it may not even be the overcrowded domain that drives the Yankees out of the Machado contest; it is more likely that Philadelphia and Chicago will have more wage flexibility to offer a mega-contract to the infielder superstar.

At the moment, the Yankees inside probably consist of Andujar on third base, Tulowitzki on short, Torres on second and Luke Voit on first. LeMahieu will probably replace as a versatile substitute. It's a cluttered mix that now seems to indicate that Machado is less fit in the Bronx. It is still possible that the Yankees will sign Machado, but in doing so, they will either have to pressure Tulo to replace him, or move him to the third base in which Andujar will probably be traded. At present, this range of Yankees is deep and talented. this will allow the team to present a solid composition when their best batters are injured or at rest.

LeMahieu, a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award, was one of the second-lowest second-base players available in a crowded free agent market at this post. Once Brian Dozier and Jed Lowrie left the board, the second base market began to heat up and many teams (Rays, Giants, Brewers and Dodgers) were interested in LeMathieu. CBS Sports ranked LeMathieu # 24 on our free agent tracking tool.