MLB Rumors: The New York Yankees and D.J. LeMahieu are in agreement on a two year, $24 million deal, according to multiple reports. LeMahieu was the last premium second baseman left on the free agent market.
The Yankees signing LeMahieu is something of a surprise, as they had already signed Troy Tulowitzki to a one year deal to play shortstop until Didi Gregorius, who is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is ready to return, and they were considered to be in the mix for free agent Manny Machado. The Yankees also have Gleyber Torres at second base, as well as Miguel Andujar, who is likely a DH long-term but who has been playing third base.
The result of all this would seem to be Torres moving to third base while LeMahieu takes over at second base. With Tulowitzki and Gregorius at shorstop, the Yankees would seem likely to be out on Manny Machado, who appears likely to end up with the Philadelphia Phillies or the Chicago White Sox. In addition, with Andujar appearing likely to be the odd man out in the infield, he could be put on the trade block.
With LeMahieu off the market, Josh Harrison, Asdrubel Cabrera and Yangervis Solarte are the next tier of second basemen who are available. All three can also play third base, so now that the top tier of players there have signed, we could see some movement with these guys, all of whom should be of interest to the Rangers, who are looking for third base help.