With the offseason kicking into gear, we are going to run a series of polls asking about what you think the Texas Rangers should do in regards to various players on the free agent market. We have used Jon Heyman’s predictions in the past, but since he hasn’t been doing them lately, we will use the Fangraphs predictions instead, along with the predictions from Kiley McDaniel at ESPN.
Today, we are looking at infielder D.J. LeMahieu.
LeMahieu first hit free agency after the 2018 season, coming off back-to-back Gold Glove seasons at second base for the Colorado Rockies. He was viewed as a quality defender but not much of a hitter — his career OPS+ at that point was 92, and the only season of his career where he had posted an OPS+ better than 93 was in 2016, when he put up a .348/.416/495 slash line that looked like a fluky aberration.
The New York Yankees signed him to a 2 year, $24 million deal, amid reports that they felt LeMahieu was a better hitter than the park-effected measurements indicated, and that they felt he could be used at a number of infield positions. The Yankees were proven to be right — LeMahieu slashed .336/.386/.536 for the Yankees in 195 games in 2019-20, while playing first base, second base and third base regularly.
LeMahieu, who turns 33 in July, rejected the qualifying offer, and so he will have draft pick compensation attached to him. We have a huge spread in the projections, as Fangraphs has LeMahieu at 3 years, $31 million, while McDaniel projects 4 years, $88 million for him. I think the Fangraphs value is way low, and isn’t interesting for purposes of this poll, since I think anyone would take him at that price. As a compromise, I’m using the 4 years projected by McDaniel, but with a slightly lower AAV of $19 million per year.
At 4 years, $76 million, would you want the Rangers to sign D.J. LeMahieu?
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Would you want the Rangers to sign D.J. LeMahieu to a 4 year, $76 million deal?
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Probably, but I’m not enthusiastic about it
Probably not, but I wouldn’t hate it