Newest Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was introduced on Wednesday during a conference call with the press. The three-time Gold Glove Award winner agreed to a two-year deal with the Yankees on Friday. Here's what we learned about the All-Star's upcoming role in the Bronx.
All signs point to LeMahieu serving as a super-utility man
The possibility of LeMahieu playing in multiple positions for the Yankees next season is high. New York told the infielder to "bring a lot of gloves" to Spring Training, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Although LeMahieu has only patrolled second base since 2015, he said he's comfortable playing shortstop, which will aid the Yankees while Didi Gregorius recovers from surgery.
Yankees were at the top of LeMahieu's list
The 30-year-old said the Rockies were not interested in a reunion with LeMahieu, according to Yankees Magazine's Gary Phillips. Instead, he said the Yankees were at the top of his list. One of LeMahieu's reasons for picking New York was how "stacked" the team currently looks on paper, per Phillips. Another reason was his small taste of playing in the postseason with the Rockies in 2018, and now being hungry for more.
Manny Machado would "obviously" be a good addition to the Yankees
LeMahieu said free-agent Manny Machado never came up in his talks with the Yankees but said, "Obviously, any team would like to add him," according to Phillips. After the White Sox made Machado a lowball offer on Wednesday of $175 million over seven years, the Yankees may still be in the mix for the free-agent infielder.
Troy Tulowitzki and LeMahieu are maintaining a tight bond
Another Yankees' offseason infield acquisition, Troy Tulowitzki spent some of his best seasons playing alongside LeMahieu in Colorado. The duo appeared on the diamond together from 2012 (LeMahieu's first year with the Rockies) to 2015. LeMahieu said he's been keeping touch with his former teammate and Tulowitzki is excited to be a Yankee, according to Phillips. LeMahieu said when Tulowitzki is healthy, he's one of the best [shortstops] in the league.
LeMahieu is ready to pass his defensive wisdom to younger Yankees
The two-time All-Star knows first hand what its like to be the new kid on the block. He joined the Rockies in his second year in the majors, surrounded by veterans like Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler. LeMahieu said he was always the one absorbing information in Colorado, per Phillips. He said he'll do what he can to pay it back and help younger players Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres defensively. Andujar and Torres combined for 27 fielding errors in 2018, so a little help from a three-time Gold Glove Award winner won't hurt.