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Yankees are closing in on a two-year deal with infielder DJ LeMahieu
8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 4:05PM #61
dixieyank
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 4:02PM, Max wrote:


 


Then why did they sign Tulo? I can't figure this out. lol! 




Tulo was dirt cheap, and can be cut at any time with no worries. And until he takes the field and plays, I gotta question if he will actually be able to play at all. He could be gone by end of Spring for all we know.

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 4:19PM #62
cleanuphtr12
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 4:02PM, Max wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:33PM, yank0428 wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:31PM, jimwest wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:25PM, cleanuphtr12 wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:20PM, 2BBobby wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:18PM, cleanuphtr12 wrote:


LeMahieu is likely to rotate around the infield as a utility guy.




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At $12M annually?





That is the current rumbling.




He has played virtually his entire career at second base. Out of 892 games, he has played less than 6% of those at a position other than second. Unclear then how the Yankees would consider him some super utility man.


And for $12m bucks, it sounds like he will be the starting 2nd sacker until Didi returns.




Find out how good Torres is at SS.




Then why did they sign Tulo? I can't figure this out. lol! 




Depth.

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8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 4:30PM #63
qwik3457
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Well, that's all for Machado. And Harper, probably.


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LeMahieu improves the defense if he plays 2nd. Not so much at 1st and 3rd.


His offense on the road is poor. Yankee Stadium is a hitters' park for more for HR than batting average. Coors Field aids singles doubles and triples by a ton because the outfielders have to play deeper because of the deep fences all around, which opens up huge gaps between the outfielders and between the infielders and the outfielders. That's why, year after year, the Rockiers hit about 50 points higher at home than on the road, and consistently misinterpret their offensive numbers to mean they have an excellent offensive team rather than a mediocre-to-poor one.


Yankee Stadium is larger than almost all other parks in left center, which opens up extra singles in front the outfielders from left field over to center, but even though DeLemahiu is a right-handed hitter, he goes to the opposite field so much more than pulling the ball, he won't be able to take advantage of the extra room in the pull field. Some teams even shift the other way against him toward right.


The Yanks have some analytical data on him saying the following:


1) relatively low K rate; 23rd lowest among 140 qualified MLB hitters in 2018


2) relatively high average exit velocity (91.1 mph; 32nd highest among 332 MLB batters who put at least 150 ball in play in 2018.), considerably better than the average hitter. 


So, apparently, they think he's a better hitter than the surface numbers show. He's certainly a much different hitter than the Yanks feature almost everywhere else on the roster. Putting two and two together, I wonder if the Yanks think they can turn Lemahieu into a 20-25 HR hitter by taking his natural tendency to go the other way, and getting him to change his launch angle.


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Lemahieu, in my mind, will be this year's Neil Walker. He'll play 2nd, 3rd, and 1st. He'll play more often than it would first appear. If Tulo can't cut it physically, he'll start at 2nd and Torres will shift to short until Didi comes back. If Tulo plays well and Didi comes back on time and OK, then either Tulo or DeLemahieu will likely be traded by the August deadline.


It is possible this means the Yanks have settled on Andujar at 3rd. It's also possible that LeMahieu covers them to trade Andujar, ignore Machado, and go after Arenado next year. I'd rather have Machado than Arenado, even though Arenado is the more solid defender.


Lemahieu is likely to be an empty .270 hitter with the Yankees with solid defense. If he can change his launch angle, he'll likely be a .240-hitter with 15 HR. Not really worth the $12 million a year. I'd rather have Machado, but Hal wouldn't, so that's that. 

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8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 4:49PM #64
yank0428
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 4:02PM, Max wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:33PM, yank0428 wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:31PM, jimwest wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:25PM, cleanuphtr12 wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:20PM, 2BBobby wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:18PM, cleanuphtr12 wrote:


LeMahieu is likely to rotate around the infield as a utility guy.




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At $12M annually?





That is the current rumbling.




He has played virtually his entire career at second base. Out of 892 games, he has played less than 6% of those at a position other than second. Unclear then how the Yankees would consider him some super utility man.


And for $12m bucks, it sounds like he will be the starting 2nd sacker until Didi returns.




Find out how good Torres is at SS.




Then why did they sign Tulo? I can't figure this out. lol! 




When I posted that I forgot they signed Tulo. It is hard to keep up. I think Qwik in his post above makes good points on how it should work out.

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 5:07PM #65
2BBobby
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 2:08PM, bomberhojoe wrote:


I suppose the Yankees don't have a problem with a $12 M utility guy when their starting 2B and 3B make a combined $1 M.




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True...makes sense. Throw in Bird at $1.2M and Voit (?) and you've got a pretty cheap IF. 

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 5:18PM #66
2BBobby
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 2:10PM, hampfan wrote:


In ST, I think they'll look hard at Andujar's improvement (if any) after his working w/ Beltre, A-Rod, and who knows who else in this off season. If Andujar stil seems too much of a negative at 3B, then, since Machado and Harper seem out of the picture right now, they'll probably shift Andujar to LF and let him work w/ Gardner as his mentor/coach/substitute--Andujar is too good a bat to leave out of the lineup. LeMahieu would then man 3B, Torres stays at 2B, Tulu at SS until Didi returns. Then maybe a midseason trade.


But think of it: if Bird is still wandering around in offensive birdland (up two weeks, down the other month's two weeks) and Voit's the real hitting deal, then we'll have an infield and outfield mostly comprised of RH bats. We aka Cashman should've gone after a LH outfielder, I think (e.g., maybe a Brantley before Houston nabbed him), of which we have a glaring dearth (having traded away Cave & McKinney most recently) in our minor league system. And please don't mention Florial unless he hits far better than he did this past year at Tampa and then the AZ league.




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Agree that Andujar's bat is too good to be left out / traded away, but I'm not sold on the LF option...especially considering the already less than ideal OF situation. Also...the RH bat overabundance. 


I won't mention Florial. Again...he's one I've also watched closely for 2 years in AZFL. Not impressed...but that's not to say he won't develop. McKinney...meh. Blake Rutherford, maybe even Dustin Fowler, ...yeah.

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 5:24PM #67
2BBobby
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 3:17PM, Daltons the name wrote:


they will figure out who plays where by the time spring training winds down, and as far as DiDi is concerned, which will be right around trade deadline time, which will make one of those guys trade bait, (bar injuries), they will make that decision.......I like the acquisition, personally, and IMO, D.J. will bring substantionally more than Drury, and Walker........only time will tell us that, but have a strong inclination that Yankees will sign Harper in next few days, with a contract that will be good for both player and team, going forward.........my fear is that Andujar may be gone soon, along with Gray in a package deal for a SP.......either way, things are starting to heat up, and I like where we are headed.......Go Yanks.....




I love the acquisition. Always been a fan of DJ (Rockies fan). I guess I'm just a bit surprised Yanks are willing to spend $12M ($24M) for a UT IF. Then again, as has been mentioned by others, they have that luxury due to the low payroll of the rest of the IF.

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 5:37PM #68
dixieyank
Posts: 5,712

Jan 11, 2019 -- 5:24PM, 2BBobby wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 3:17PM, Daltons the name wrote:


they will figure out who plays where by the time spring training winds down, and as far as DiDi is concerned, which will be right around trade deadline time, which will make one of those guys trade bait, (bar injuries), they will make that decision.......I like the acquisition, personally, and IMO, D.J. will bring substantionally more than Drury, and Walker........only time will tell us that, but have a strong inclination that Yankees will sign Harper in next few days, with a contract that will be good for both player and team, going forward.........my fear is that Andujar may be gone soon, along with Gray in a package deal for a SP.......either way, things are starting to heat up, and I like where we are headed.......Go Yanks.....




I love the acquisition. Always been a fan of DJ (Rockies fan). I guess I'm just a bit surprised Yanks are willing to spend $12M ($24M) for a UT IF. Then again, as has been mentioned by others, they have that luxury due to the low payroll of the rest of the IF.




What does this mean? I thought they were already over the lux tax for this upcoming season? This would only add to that overage, no? At that point, what difference does it make since their only reason to worry over payroll was the over/under? Or are we now the upper tier Tampa Rays, living hand to mouth, and Hal is taking out a second mortgage to pay the popcorn vendor's salary? rofl

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 5:55PM #69
2BBobby
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 5:37PM, dixieyank wrote:


What does this mean? I thought they were already over the lux tax for this upcoming season? This would only add to that overage, no? At that point, what difference does it make since their only reason to worry over payroll was the over/under? Or are we now the upper tier Tampa Rays, living hand to mouth, and Hal is taking out a second mortgage to pay the popcorn vendor's salary? rofl




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Not really sure what you're talking about. As I've said many times...the payroll, luxury tax, etc. is of no concern to me. It's not my money.

8 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 6:01PM #70
Joeybagadonutz
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:09PM, laurenf2 wrote:


That tell me LeMahieu will play 2B and Torres SS . that leaves Andular for 3B unless Yankees have other thoughts... Yankees are not going to give him 24 MM/2 years to be a bench player.




I think they view him as a utility player that is a stop gap insurance for Didi this year and then will be a utility player once Didi comes back. Didi is a FA next season so they very well may let him walk and let Torres play SS depending on how he looks this year until Didi is healthy. If he looks good then the INF could be set for next season. If not then they can always sign Didi and trade LeMahieu if he doesn't want to play part time. $12 Mil for one year is very tradeable.


That said- this signing only puts us at $149 Mil so it's still reasonable to think that they upgrade 3B with Machado and trade Andujar for pitching. A move like this could be a nice chess move for Cashman if he's really not quite prepared to walk away from Machado and wanting to provide some pressure. Bidding wars without the Yankees don't usually go as well as they do when the Yankees are actively pursuing a player. 

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