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Reflecting on DJ LeMahieu’s Return

First and foremost, thank goodness that is over! Let’s all take a collective sigh of relief now that DJ LeMahieu will be returning to the Bronx. Honestly, the longer this went on, the more I was convinced he would return and it looks like the Yankees and LeMahieu were able to find something that works well for both of them.

The details of the deal appear to be six years and $90 million for LeMahieu, keeping the Yankees’ AAV down, while giving the infielder a deal until he is 37. His role on this team has been so crucial since he first signed and I’m glad to see him staying. I have really enjoyed watching this Yankees infield develop over the past couple years, but having LeMahieu as a veteran anchor out there was key.

As has long been expected, DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees are expected to continue their marriage. Report from @JeffPassan says the deal will be in the range of 6 years/$90M. Lower AAV gives Yankees the chance to make other potential moves. @jonmorosi was on it. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) January 15, 2021

If it was purely all about the money, I’m sure LeMahieu could have gone elsewhere and had this all settled sooner. According to Jon Heyman, Toronto offered the third baseman four years and $78 million. Certainly nothing to scoff at, but I’m curious how much they were actually in contention.

Blue Jays offered $78M for 4 years for LeMahieu, showing they meant business. Yankees had been in that ballpark for 4 as well, but the sides agreed on a longer agreement instead. Helps Yanks AAV, and thus their tax. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2021

LeMahieu hit .364 in 50 games last season and has hit over .301 all but one of the last five seasons. He should continue to be a force in the Yankees’ lineup for a few more years. Even better, this deal has set up the Yankees to be able to keep a key offensive piece and still have money to spend on things like, I don’t know, pitching. The Yankees 2021 prospects are certainly looking up.

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