Despite the Yankees prioritizing re-signing DJ LeMahieu this offseason, the two sides remain far apart. About $25 million to be precise.
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, the Yankees and LeMahieu remained “wider than $25 million” apart as of Saturday night.
LeMahieu, 32, has reportedly been seeking a five-year, $100 million following a 2020 season in which he won the AL batting title and finished third in the MVP voting. He has arguably been the most productive player for the Yankees over the last two seasons with his bat, glove and versatility to play three positions in the infield.
LeMahieu has expressed a desire to remain with the Yankees, but if they cannot meet his asking price other teams – such as the Blue Jays, Mets and Dodgers – could swoop in. The Blue Jays, in particular, have reportedly been intent on making a push for the infielder.
Should the Yankees not re-sign LeMahieu, left-handed hitting Michael Brantley has been mentioned as a Plan B for the Yankees, although he would not address the void in the infield. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is also someone they could pursue via trade, but it is no certainty they would be able to put together the best package to acquire the All-Star shortstop, who would also need to be extended to a long-term deal.