LeMahieu, Yankees agree to $24M, 2-year deal

Manny Machado

Manny Machado

Nevertheless, here we are, and here Manny Machado isn't.

And now, it seems like a two-horse race for Machado between the White Sox and Phillies.

LeMahieu is the second prominent addition to the Yankees' infield, on the heels of last week's signing of Troy Tulowitzki. He primarily played second base during his tenure in Colorado but he also can handle third and first base. He has two All-Star selections, three Gold Gloves awards and the 2016 National League batting title.

LeMahieu has also started 41 games in his career at third base and one game at first base.

- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2019The Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a versatile player around the infield. That likely means Tulo will be the odd man out when it comes to getting consistent playing time. Only Tulowitzki, provided he can stay healthy, projects as an above average defender. With the young Gleyber Torres featuring at second, it's a good insurance policy to have LeMaheiu as an option. They can even flip flop those two at third and second depending on who the coaching staff feels more comfortable with defensively at third. Where does LeMahieu fit in the lineup?

McLaren hire new boss as reshuffle goes on
The team says that it expects two IndyCar chassis to be delivered in late January and they will be put together in Woking. Key will report to Seidl and head up the technical department comprising Peter Prodromou, Andrea Stella and Pat Fry.

Even though the Dodgers didn't end up signing LeMahieu, they have to be pleased to see the two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award victor and 2016 National League batting champion leave the NL West.

Outside of his rookie season, where he played sparingly for the Chicago Cubs, LeMahieu's competed for the last seven years for the Rockies at second base. Friday's move now raises even more confusion over Miguel Andujar's status on the Yankees' roster. Many scouts believe his offensive numbers are mildly inflated by playing his home games at Coors Field.

This is a move I didn't see coming at all but it's one that is going to help this team in a multitude of ways during the absence of Didi.

There's no question this is a great signing for the Yankees, but one query remains.

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