The New York Yankees had the day off on Thursday, so some of their players spent the free day by taking in a Rangers game. They sure seemed to have fun while they were there too.
Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge and D.J. LeMahieu all attended Game 2 of the Rangers’ playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They were shown on camera and did a cheers with their beer cups. Then they pounded the drinks.
Rizzo came in first, followed by LeMahieu and then Judge. The Rangers also won the game 5-2 to tie the series 1-1, so it was a happy night for everyone at MSG.
The Yankees have been playing great ball to start the season and are 18-7. Judge and Rizzo lead the team with nine home runs apiece. Sports are going quite well in New York these days.
DJ LeMahieu had some words for Kendall Graveman after being hit with a pitch on Thursday, leading to a delayed response from the pitcher.
LeMahiue was hit during the ninth inning of his New York Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners. As he made his way up the first base line, he appeared to tell Graveman “f— you.”
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge grounded into a double play to end the game. There were some lingering issues though.
LeMahieu was forced out at second on the double play. Graveman stared him down as LeMahieu cleared off the field.
That led some Yankees, including manager Aaron Boone, to go onto the field to protest. Ultimately nothing happened, but there is some beef going on. It probably didn’t help that the Yankees lost the series and only got one hit in the shutout defeat.
The New York Yankees are in negotiations with DJ LeMahieu, and the sides are expected to come to an agreement on a contract at some point.
YES Network’s Jack Curry spoke on Monday about LeMahieu’s status. He said he expects LeMahieu to sign with the team eventually.
“I do think D.J. LeMahieu will sign with the Yankees … eventually. There’s an offseason negotiation going on right now. Yes they are still talking, those talks are ongoing, those talks are positive,” Curry said.
Curry gave some information about the types of contracts the sides have discussed.
“LeMahieu’s side was asking for about five years, $100 million. The Yankees have since countered with about four years in about the $20 million per year range.”
LeMahieu just completed a two-year, $24 million deal he signed with the Yankees in Jan. 2019. He was an All-Star in his first season with the team and batted .364 in 50 games last season, which was good enough to win him his second batting title. The 32-year-old second baseman is a career .305 hitter.
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DJ LeMahieu committed a truly unbelievable error during Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday between his New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins were batting in the top of the second inning and CJ Cron was up with one out and a runner on second. Cron popped up a ball to first. LeMahieu, who usually plays second or third, was at first and somehow dropped the ball.
That allowed Cron to reach and put runners on first and second with one out. The next batter was Luis Arraez, who grounded into a double play to end the inning. LeMahieu’s error did not cost the Yankees a run, but it sure was a baffling miscue.
LeMahieu played at first during 40 regular season games. He’s also used to playing on the right side of the field — another reason why the error was so surprising.
DJ LeMahieu has quickly become a fan favorite with the New York Yankees, and some have even called for him to get a look as a potential MVP candidate.
LeMahieu admitted, however, that the ‘MVP’ chants he has started to receive from the Yankee Stadium faithful can be a touch distracting and tough to tune out while hitting.
“I try to block it out and focus and just try to put together a good at-bat,” LeMahieu said Saturday, via Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. “Obviously, it’s cool and it’s a good feeling that the fans appreciate you. But for me, it’s just going up there, not changing anything and having competitive at-bats.”
LeMahieu is the league’s leading hitter with a .336 average and has been a mainstay in a lineup hit hard by injuries. It’s easy to see why the Yankee faithful have taken to him. He seems to be tuning the attention out pretty effectively given his consistency this late into the season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers may be the leading contenders to sign free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
The market on infielders has been moving lately. On Thursday, Brian Dozier signed with the Nationals, while Jed Lowrie signed with the Mets. That leaves LeMahieu as arguably the top free agent second baseman.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that teams believe the Dodgers are the frontrunners to sign LeMahieu.
The Dodgers have been linked to LeMahieu throughout the offseason.
The 30-year-old did not receive a qualifying offer from the Colorado Rockies, making him a free agent. He batted .276 with a .749 OPS in 2018. He batted over .300 from 2015-2017, winning the batting title with a .348 average in 2016. LeMahieu is a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, but he may experience a dropoff when not playing his home games at Coors Field.
The Giants are another team that could have interest in LeMahieu.
The San Francisco Giants are reportedly exploring the possibility of trading second baseman Joe Panik, and that may be because they have their eye on a free agent to replace the veteran infielder.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Thursday that the Giants have been talking with teams about a potential Panik trade, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic added that they are interested in free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Connecting the dots makes it seem like the Giants feel LeMahieu would be an upgrade over Panik, which isn’t all that hard to believe. Panik hit .254 last season with four homers, 24 RBI, and an OBP of just .307. LeMahieu hit .276 with a career-high 15 home runs and drove in 62 with the Colorado Rockies. He’s a career .298 hitter who batted over .300 from 2015-2017, winning the batting title with a .348 average in 2016. LeMahieu is also a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.
The Nationals signed Brian Dozier to a contract on Thursday, so LeMahieu will likely be the next domino to fall at the second base position.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had inconsistency at second base this season that they apparently are looking to address this offseason.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers have shown interest in free agent DJ LeMahieu.
LeMahieu, 30, did not receive a qualifying offer from the Colorado Rockies, making him a free agent. He batted .276 with a .749 OPS in 2018. He batted over .300 from 2015-2017, winning the batting title with a .348 average in 2016. LeMahieu is a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.
The Dodgers used several players as second base in 2018, including Logan Forsythe, Chase Utley, Brian Dozier, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor and even Max Muncy. Forsythe was traded to Minnesota for Dozier, who is a free agent, and Utley will be retiring, opening up some space at the position.
D.J. LeMahieu caused some damage to a wall in one of the press boxes at Coors Field with a foul ball.
During Saturday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, LeMahieu hit a foul ball that made its way into one of the press boxes. The baseball was hit so hard it was embedded in the wall.
According to one reporter, the spot LeMahieu’s ball stuck is a popular location for foul balls.
Staying alert is a must if you’re in the press box at Coors Field.
Could the Boston Red Sox have interest in trading for DJ LeMahieu if Dustin Pedroia continues to have injury issues? One reporter thinks so.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi said on Monday that he thinks the Red Sox could be a good trade match for the Colorado Rockies second baseman depending on Pedroia’s status.
One area where LeMahieu could help the Red Sox is with hitting left-handed pitchers, which he excels at.
LeMahieu is a two-time All-Star and led the league in hitting in 2016. He has a career .301 average, but he’s had the benefit of playing at Coors Field his entire career. He’s making $8.5 million this season and set to become a free agent after the year.
Pedroia did not make his season debut until late May because he was recovering from knee surgery. He only played three games before heading back to the DL with more knee problems. If it does not look like he will be able to contribute this season, the World Series-contending Sox might seek an upgrade at second over Eduardo Nunez, who is batting .247 with a .627 OPS.