Yankees sign DJ LeMahieu, appear out on Manny Machado

Ross Houston
January 13, 2019

According to multiple reports, the Yankees have reached a two-year agreement with former Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu.

The Chicago White Sox apparently aren't the only team trying to lure Manny Machado by hiring those close to him.

The Phillies also have avoided arbitration with relievers Hector Neris (one year, $1.8 million, per the Associated Press) and Jose Alvarez, starting pitchers Jerad Eickhoff (one year, $975,000, per AP), Vince Velasquez and Adam Morgan (one year, $1.1 million per Robert Murray of The Athletic); outfielder Aaron Altherr; third baseman Maikel Franco; and second baseman César Hernández.

The Yankees probably never made Machado an official offer and might not have been willing to approach $200 million.

It finally happened. Someone set up a GoFundMe to help the #Yankees sign Manny Machado.

This does not definitively close the book on Machado going to NY, which has always been viewed as his ideal landing spot.

Both Chicago and Philadelphia are among the contenders to sign Bryce Harper. The Yankees were thought to be his preference, meaning he may just take the most money on the table of the two remaining teams, and that's likely to come from Philadelphia. The White Sox have all but gathered Machado's Miami training buddies by signing Jay and landing Machado's brother-in-law Yonder Alonso, so who's to say the Phils' addition of Dickerson isn't a similar ploy to catch one of free agency's biggest fish? That no longer appears to be a realistic option. The White Sox had the second-lowest payroll in 2018, and they've got a core of young players that will be cheap for the next few years.

It does at least seem possible, even as the Yankees should have perverse amounts of money to spend, especially on a 26-year-old star like Machado who could fit with their club seamlessly for a decade.

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