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DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees’ 2020 MVP

DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees’ 2020 MVP

Photo by Christian Petersen/ They wouldn’t really let the team’s best player go, right? Right!? It was a confusing time when the Yankees signed DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million contract in January 2019 despite a lack of a definitive path to playing time. In fact, I remember preferring at the time the Yankees to spend the money on Jed Lowrie, who went to the Mets for two years and $20 million. Decisions like this are a good reminder why many of us are not in charge of player personnel. While Lowrie went on to record a grand total of eight hitless plate appearances as a Met,...
The Yankees need to bring back DJ LeMahieu

The Yankees need to bring back DJ LeMahieu

DJ LeMahieu is a no-brainer. Arguably the Yankees MVP the last two seasons, they should do anything they can to make sure the versatile infielder and batting champion is back in pinstripes in 2021. That includes making him a qualifying offer.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2020
The Yankees face big qualifying offer decisions in the coming weeks

The Yankees face big qualifying offer decisions in the coming weeks

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees will be making decisions on who to offer qualifying offers to following the World Series. The Yankees enter this offseason with numerous roster decisions to make. One of the first ones that will take place in the days following the World Series is what pending free agents they will extend the qualifying offer to. This year the Yankees will have to make this choice on DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton. The Major League Baseball qualifying offer can be extended to a player one time in his career when they are entering free...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2020
NYY news: Money Masa

NYY news: Money Masa

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Discussing Masahiro Tanaka’s next contract; The offseason will be dreadful to players; Should the Yankees have interest in J.T. Realmuto? NY Post | George A. King III: Masahiro Tanaka has been with the Yankees since 2014. For the first time since signing with New York, he will hit free agency. However, no one really knows what his next contract will look like. NY Daily News | Bill Madden: The Yankees’ top offseason priority is most likely to re-sign DJ LeMahieu. Although, every team in baseball has likely lost money the larger market teams like the...
Newsday Oct 17, 2020

Shopping for value in free agency

Might the Mets make a splash with J.T. Realmuto? Would the Yankees let DJ LeMahieu get on the open market?
Pinstripe Alley Oct 17, 2020
NYY News: Time to trade Voit?

NYY News: Time to trade Voit?

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Mark Teixeira thinks the Yankees should trade Luke Voit; What Yankees can expect to earn in arbitration; Homers bring success in October NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Luke Voit’s name hasn’t appeared in any trade rumors, but speculation has risen that the Yankees should try to move him. Former Yankee first baseman Mark Teixiera was the latest to opine that the Yankees should consider moving Voit, with the 29-year-old coming off an excellent season. Teixeira points out that such a trade would allow the Yankees to re-sign DJ LeMahieu and move him to first, though...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 15, 2020
What the Yankees can do if DJ LeMahieu walks

What the Yankees can do if DJ LeMahieu walks

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The Yankees’ stalwart second baseman is in line for a hefty free agent contract this offseason Over the last two seasons — campaigns beset by injuries, uncertainty, and, ultimately, playoff disappointment — there have been few constants for the Yankees. Certainly one of them is DJ LeMahieu, the erstwhile Colorado Rockies second baseman who moved to the Bronx on a two-year, $24 million contract ahead of the 2019 season. LeMahieu has been nothing short of brilliant for the Yankees, providing top-end defense (as well as versatility) and a thoroughly dependable...
The Yankees know how vital DJ LeMahieu has been

The Yankees know how vital DJ LeMahieu has been

From ownership down, Yankees management knows that LeMahieu has been their best player for two years.
Mets’ Dominic Smith, Yankees' DJ LeMahieu named 2020 Hank Aaron Award finalists

Mets’ Dominic Smith, Yankees' DJ LeMahieu named 2020 Hank Aaron Award finalists

A breakout season and a batting title put two stars from the Big Apple in the running for one of MLB’s most prestigious awards.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 13, 2020
NYY News: Go DJ, or Stay DJ?

NYY News: Go DJ, or Stay DJ?

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Yankees face hurdles with DJ LeMahieu; other big offseason decisions; potential free agents that the Yanks and Mets may battle for. New York Post | Joel Sherman: The biggest question of the Yankees’ offseason will be what to do about DJ LeMahieu, the team’s most valuable contributor over the past two seasons and now a free agent. There could be some wrinkles that arise, like how the Yankees will approach a free agent that will demand big money given the current landscape of the league amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Yanks could wind up...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 11, 2020
NYY news: Question time

NYY news: Question time

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Yankees have major questions to answer; Giancarlo Stanton’s playoff run showed how dangerous at the plate he still is; Luke Voit to have MRI on foot. CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: After another disappointing end to the season, the Yankees have some big questions to answer over the winter. Whether or not they keep upcoming free agent DJ LeMahieu and what will their pitching staff look like are major decisions they will have to figure out in the coming months. New York Post | Dan Martin: Giancarlo Stanton has a decision on whether or not to opt out of his contract...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 10, 2020
NYY news: The long winter begins

NYY news: The long winter begins

Photo by Christian Petersen/ See you in February; Checking in on Yankee prospects; Whitey Ford dead at 91; CBC | Bernie Wilson: The Yankees took the Rays to the very brink of the ALDS, but in the end, just couldn’t get the one hit they needed. The Rays will advance to the ALCS to face the Astros, and the Yankees will have a long winter to wonder about what could have been, and what needs to happen next, starting with the free agencies of DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka. FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen: No matter what’s happening on the field, player development never stops. Several...
Newsday Oct 9, 2020

DJ LeMahieu remains steady performer for Yankees

The AL batting champion has hit safely in all six playoff games and can become a free agent after this season.
DJ LeMahieu has established and proven his worth to the Yankees, but his future with them isn’t set

DJ LeMahieu has established and proven his worth to the Yankees, but his future with them isn’t set

LeMahieu’s two-year, $24 million contract will be up and he’ll become a free agent after this season.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 7, 2020
Everyone thinks Gio Urshela’s a brilliant defender, except Statcast

Everyone thinks Gio Urshela’s a brilliant defender, except Statcast

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Yankees’ third baseman has made a habit of making highlight-reel plays, but one metric doesn’t seem to like him at all The headline of the Yankees’ 2020 postseason so far is easy enough to figure out: the bats are back with a vengeance. The lineup, finally healthy, is clicking in a way that seemed all but impossible to imagine a few short weeks ago. The bouquets tossed at DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and company have been well earned. But credit is also due to their pitching (mainly Gerrit Cole) and, yes, their defense, specifically third...

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