LeMahieu has agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the Yankees, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. According to Jack Curry of YES Network, the Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a super-utility player, deploying him at second base, first base and third base. One way for him to get significant playing time would be if Troy Tulowitzki struggles or gets hurt before Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) returns around the All-Star break, which would force Gleyber Torres to move to shortstop and open up everyday work at the keystone. Another potential opportunity booster would be if the Yankees can find a trade partner for Miguel Andujar, in which case LeMahieu could get the bulk of the work at the hot corner. He has slashed just .265/.319/.410 (93 wRC+) away from Coors Field over the past two seasons. While he could see a slight power boost in the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium, that's not LeMahieu's game (53.8 career GB%). If the Yankees let Gregorius and Tulowitzki walk in free agency after the season, LeMahieu would likely slot in as the everyday second baseman with Torres moving to shortstop for 2020. This signing likely means the Yankees won't be signing Manny Machado.
LeMahieu did not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Indians before Friday's deadline, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. With prospects Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers knocking on the door of the majors, the Rockies will let LeMahieu hit the open market. The veteran second baseman hit just .276 in 2018 after batting above .300 in the previous three seasons, though he swatted a career-high 15 homers. LeMahieu shouldn't have trouble finding work given his proven track record as a two-way player.
LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Phillies. LeMahieu hit a couple RBI singles in Tuesday's contest and gathered his fourth multi-hit game in the last five days, bringing his slash line to .282/.329/.441. The 30-year-old has 61 RBI, 88 runs and six stolen bases this year. He's also matched his career high in doubles (32) from 2016 while setting a new career high in homers (15) this season.
LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks. LeMahieu was the hero in this one, depositing Yoshihisa Hirano's 1-1 offering with one out in the ninth over the fence for a walkoff win. The 30-year-old has been red hot all September, hitting .370 (17-for-46) in the month with three homers, three doubles, two triples and nine RBI.
LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI in Monday's win over the Diamondbacks. LeMahieu registered his fifth straight multi-hit game, raising his average to .278. He's also shown more power this season with a career-high 14 home runs despite missing time with a thumb injury. He'll look to keep the hot streak going as the Rockies continue their crucial series with Arizona.