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Yankees are closing in on a two-year deal with infielder DJ LeMahieu
12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 2:38PM #41
BigGuy
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 2:08PM, bomberhojoe wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:53PM, 2BBobby wrote:


Maybe...but then you've got Andujar / Didi / Gleyber / LaMahieu. Seems like something's gotta give, unless Yanks are in fact willing to spend $12M on a UT IF.




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.




That does help.

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12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 2:41PM #42
BigGuy
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Update: Yankees agree to two-year deal with DJ LeMahieu





(Justin Edmonds/Getty)

The Yankees have a new veteran infielder and it is not Manny Machado. According to multiple reports, the Yankees have agreed to a two-year contract with DJ LeMahieu. It’ll pay him $24M and the Yankees are expected to use him at first base, second base, and third base. The Neil Walker role, basically.


LeMahieu, 30, is a natural second baseman and an excellent one at that. He is a legitimate Gold Glove caliber defender and lordy did the Yanks need to improve their infield defense. This accomplishes that to some degree. LeMahieu has a little experience at first (13 innings) and third (245 innings) bases, so they won’t be completely new to him, which I guess is good.


As with every Rockies player, the question is how much will he hit outside the Coors Field? There is evidence of a Coors Field hangover because coming down from altitude requires an adjustment, so you can’t really take a dude’s road numbers and declare that the real him. That is overly simplistic. Here are the numbers, for what they’re worth:


  • LeMahieu at Coors Field: .329/.386/.447 (96 wRC+)
  • LeMahieu everywhere else: .267/.314/.367 (84 wRC+)

Jeff Sullivan wrote a post a few weeks ago looking at LeMahieu. Long story short, he’s posted sneaky great exit velocities while managing an elite contact rate. LeMahieu rarely strikes out and he absolutely wears out right field as a right-handed hitter, so much so that teams sometimes use no left fielder and two right fielders against him. If nothing else, he brings a very different offensive look to the lineup.


The Yankees now have LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar for the non-first base infield positions. Tulowitzki figures to get regular days off given his injury history, so LeMahieu will get playing time that way. I also have to think he’ll be Andujar’s late-inning defensive replacement at third base. LeMahieu’s going to get 450+ plate appearances next season. You watch.


Based on my quick math, the LeMahieu signing pushes the luxury tax payroll to roughly $222M, so the Yankees are now well above the $206M threshold. Even if the Yankees trade Sonny Gray and his entire projected $9.1M salary, they’ll still be over the threshold. Imagine going over the threshold to sign LeMahieu but not Machado? Oy vey. Maybe they have another signing (Adam Ottavino?) coming.


At this point there doesn’t seem to be much remaining on the offseason to-do list. Another reliever would be nice. Otherwise the Yankees are more or less set going into Spring Training. Will they splurge for Machado or Harper? The LeMahieu signing all but confirms a no for Machado. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Harper either.


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12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 2:44PM #43
cleanuphtr12
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:51PM, thestraw44 wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:38PM, cleanuphtr12 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.




That isn't what Jack Curry is saying.  He's going to be the utility infielder.  He'll probably get more PA than most utility IF do, but that is going to be his role.  



And Neil Walker had primarily played 2B in his career too...  until he came here and played 1B, 2B, 3B and RF.  You guys are overrating the lack of experience at other positions.  He's a good defender.  He'll get experience by playing those positions this year.




Ninja! It figures you have no issue with this overpaid Wade. They could’ve had Lowrie whos a lefty for a cheaper price. Your best argument is that DJ will learn the other positions on the fly, huh? You have to be the Trashmans son, the way you kiss his butt. I can’t wait till all these signings expose our brilliant GM for the dummy he is and you running around defending him at every turn. It’ll be very entertaining!




You have this fantastic ability to see words written on a screen and understand literally none of them.  I've never said I have "no issue" with the move (in fact, I mention that I was not happy that they we were likely passing on Machado because of this).  I'm not "defending" Cashman on this...  I'm discussing how DJ will be used.  



If you want to discuss how I feel about the deal, we can dive into that too.  I think signing LeMahieu while Machado was sitll out there was a mistake.  I think they should have pushed harder for Machado, and if and when he signed elsewhere they could have easily circled back to a player like LeMahieu.  I think if they had waited deeper into the offseason, they probably could have gotten him for less than the $24M committment they made (although I don't know that for sure...  maybe he was about to move on another offer.  I don't have that information).  I would not have signed a player of LeMahieu's caliber until I knew for sure I wasn't getting Machado.  


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12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 2:46PM #44
cleanuphtr12
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The worst part of this signing is the need to spend the next two years typing LeMahieu.  Those letters don't seem like they should naturally go together in that order.

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12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 3:06PM #45
laurenf2
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Wow...It's Tulo and LeMahieu back together again and lets add another Rockies Ottavino for the triffecta....

12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 3:07PM #46
deduce
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He's an excellent defensive player with an adequate bat. A good addition as long as the expectations for hitting aren't too high. 


He has a career BA of .330 with a .835 OPS at Coors Field and .264/.673 everywhere else. Last year, those splits were .317/.793 at Coors and .229/.698 away. There are plenty of big bats in the lineup, so as long as he does his job the team is better off. Not sure what his role will be when Didi returns, though.

12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 3:08PM #47
yank0428
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 3:07PM, deduce wrote:


He's an excellent defensive player with an adequate bat. A good addition as long as the expectations for hitting aren't too high. 


He has a career BA of .330 with a .835 OPS at Coors Field and .264/.673 everywhere else. Last year, those splits were .317/.793 at Coors and .229/.698 away. There are plenty of big bats in the lineup, so as long as he does his job the team is better off. Not sure what his role will be when Didi returns, though.




He did win a batting title. Has career .298 BA. Lets see what he does out of Coors. 

12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 3:12PM #48
laurenf2
Posts: 9,401

As I checked stats....


DJ LeMahieu has been worth 17.7 WARP since 2015.


Here is how some other second basemen have produced in the same time frame:


Jose Altuve - 16.4 WARP


Brian Dozier - 14.8 WARP


Ian Kinsler - 13.3 WARP


Daniel Murphy - 12.0 WARP


Robinson Cano - 11.1 WARP


LeMahieu has been the best.

12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 3:17PM #49
Kmer2
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 2:10PM, hampfan wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:53PM, 2BBobby wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:45PM, nost wrote:


Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:44PM, 2BBobby 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.





Right on the money as far as Florial is concerned.



Prospect fatigue beginning to settle in.



Do not be surprised if Yanks unload him as a headliner in a package to bring in a TOR, maybe in St, or early in season.


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At $12M annually?





That is the current rumbling.




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I like the acquisition, but seems he'd have to start at 2B which means Gleyber moves to SS. If Tulo stays with the team that makes him the UT IF. He can play all IF positions and, considering his injury history, maybe that'd be for the best. Of course, it's a long way to opening day.


The question becomes...what happens when Didi returns?




They prob drop Tulo unless it's he's Mr 2011 again




Maybe...but then you've got Andujar / Didi / Gleyber / LaMahieu. Seems like something's gotta give, unless Yanks are in fact willing to spend $12M on a UT IF.




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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12 months ago  ::  Jan 11, 2019 - 3:17PM #50
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Jan 11, 2019 -- 1:44PM, 2BBobby 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.




~~~~~


At $12M annually?





That is the current rumbling.




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I like the acquisition, but seems he'd have to start at 2B which means Gleyber moves to SS. If Tulo stays with the team that makes him the UT IF. He can play all IF positions and, considering his injury history, maybe that'd be for the best. Of course, it's a long way to opening day.


The question becomes...what happens when Didi returns?





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.....

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