MLBTR Ballot: DJ LeMahieu’s Subsequent Contract
It was solely two years in the past that second baseman DJ LeMahieu reached free company for the primary time. The previous Cub and Rockie hit the open market as somebody who was considered a helpful contributor, however hardly a star. He nonetheless did effectively for himself, inking a $24MM pact with the Yankees, however now finds himself on the verge of one other journey to free company. The distinction this time is that LeMahieu will now be one of the coveted gamers out there.
Whereas LeMahieu did have a batting title with the Rockies on his resume when the Yankees added him, he didn’t showcase a ton of energy previous to transferring to New York. In all, he was a .298/.350/.406 hitter with a mediocre 90 wRC+ and 49 house runs throughout 3,799 plate appearances. Since then, although, LeMahieu has exploded for a .336/.386/.536 mark, a 146 wRC+ and 36 HRs, making him one of many sport’s elite hitters. He’s coming off an everyday season through which he picked up one other batting title (.364) and paced the American League in wRC+ (177).
One of many questions now’s how far the Yankees could go to retain LeMahieu. He mentioned earlier than their season-ending ALDS loss to the Rays that there had not been any contract talks, but it surely’s exhausting to consider the Yankees received’t put forth an earnest effort to re-sign the 32-year-old earlier than free company opens. They could not make a aggressive sufficient supply, nonetheless, as Joel Sherman of the New York Put up wrote earlier this week that the Yankees are prone to “maintain the road” at a most of three years and $20MM each year.
Throughout our pre-free company debates at MLBTR, we’ve set a ground of $80MM over 4 years, although now we have entertained even greater ensures. It doesn’t matter what, it’s straightforward to see LeMahieu, an enormous hitter with defensive versatility, reeling in a far bigger payday than he did the final time he was on the lookout for a contract. For this train, we’ll place the over/below at $80.5MM. How effectively do you assume LeMahieu will do? (Ballot hyperlink for app customers)