By bringing in another infielder in LeMahieu, the Yankees no longer have room another infielder, even if Machado would represent a massive upgrade.
After seven solid seasons with the Colorado Rockies, LeMaheiu will join the Bombers in NY as a solid rotational piece moving forward.
Source confirms: Free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu heading to #Yankees on two-year deal. Earlier this month, the Yankees signed five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is expected to start until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.More news: Baltimore Ravens promote Greg Roman to offensive coordinator to replace Marty Mornhinweg
It'll be interesting to see how the Yankees envision LeMahieu fitting in - and does his addition mean they're out of the Machado sweepstakes?
While Manny Machado waits to make his move, the Yankees are continuing to stockpile infielders.
It appears they are likely, not definitely, out on Machado now.More news: Manchester City ready to help Gabriel Jesus after family return to Brazil
He might not come close to recreating a season like he had in 2016 when he lead the league in batting average (.348), but LeMahieu can still provide tremendous value both at the plate and defensively. LeMahieu has a.330 career average at Coors, almost 70 points better than his average on the road, and his.835 home OPS is miles ahead of the.673 number he put up away from Coors.
And not surprisingly, his numbers have typically been much better at hitter-friendly Coors Field than on the road. For instance, he had an OPS of.793 at home a year ago and just.698 on the road. He is also a three-time Gold Glove victor.More news: Dozens of Seals Were Trapped Ashore in a City in Canada