DJ LeMahieu appears to be losing his patience with the Yankees.
The 32-year-old infielder has reportedly grown “dismayed” by the slow-playing tactics of the Yankees’ negotiations and has asked his agent to re-engage with other teams that have previously shown interest, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets have all been linked as teams who have shown interest and/or made contact with LeMahieu this winter, but LeMahieu also wants his representatives to reconnect with teams who reached out early on in the free agent period but have since fizzled out.
This includes teams such as the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
LeMahieu is expected to meet virtually with several teams this week.
The Yankees have said LeMahieu is their top priority this winter and the two-time batting champion is believed to prefer to return to New York but the two sides are have reportedly been more than $25 million apart and it does not seem as if that has improved.
Per Brown, LeMahieu expects more than Josh Donaldson’s four-year, $92 million deal with the Twins and to at least be on par with J.D. Martinez’s five-year, $110 million with the Red Sox.
The Yankees, like every other team across baseball, have indicated that they sustained substantial financial losses in 2020 due to the pandemic.
In fact, free agency has been practically dormant the entire winter as pitchers and catchers are expected to report to spring training next month.
George Springer, Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna are considered to be among the top free agents along with LeMahieu and none of them have signed with a team yet.