Current Agreement D.J. LeMahieu signed to a 6-year, $90,000,000 contract with the New York Yankees, with $90,000,000 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $15,000,000. The deal includes performance bonuses that can increase his pay up to $20,000,000.
He will be joining teammate Aaron Judge who got a $40 million contract last year. It's safe to say that both players are happy with the contracts that they got.
As for LeMahieu himself, he's very happy about it too. He called it "a dream come true" in a statement released by the Yankees. He added that he's ready to get started at Yankee Stadium which is located in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City.
Judge won the first game that they played together and LeMahieu finished with three hits in four at-bats. They both went on to have great seasons and it looks like they're satisfied with how things turned out.
Several industry sources verified Friday that the Yankees and DJ LeMahieu have reached an agreement on a six-year, $90-million contract. MLB.com broke the news first, and Pat Ragazzo provided the data. The contract, which is oddly constructed, will keep LeMahieu, who will turn 33 in July, until 2026, when he would age 38.
The deal includes three years of team control and three years of arbitration eligibility. It also includes a $15-million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. The last two seasons of the contract are guaranteed.
LeMahieu came over from Colorado in a December 2015 trade that sent pitcher Chad Bettis to the Rockies. In his only season with the Rockies, he hit.292 with 26 home runs and 85 RBIs in 136 games. He won the Silver Slugger Award at second base that year.
In New York, LeMahieu has continued to show why he's considered one of the best defensive second basemen in baseball. In 2016, he had 3.5 fWAR - the highest total of his career - while hitting.290/.339/.471 with 22 homers before being sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery. He returned in September and played in 15 games before the All-Star break, batting.438 (17 for 39) with two homers and eight RBIs. He was voted in as a starter for the first time in his career.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have signed LeMahieu to a six-year contract extension through the 2026 season. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, it is believed to be worth $90 million.
LeMahieu has been one of baseball's best hitters since he debuted in 2015 and was awarded the National League Most Valuable Player award last year. He has also been one of the game's most versatile players, playing second base, third base and both corner outfield spots.
In his two seasons with the Yankees, LeMahieu has hit.284 with 39 home runs and 105 RBIs. He's been one of the few bright spots for New York during its recent struggles to stay alive in postseason races.
“I'm really happy to be here,” LeMahieu said after the season. “It's a great group of guys, an awesome organization and I'm looking forward to being a part of it for a long time.”
After spending nine seasons with Colorado, LeMahieu joined the Yankees before the 2019 season. He had three years remaining on his previous contract with Colorado.
New York was looking for someone to replace former All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia who was traded to the Boston Red Sox earlier this month.
The Yankees and LeMahieu have agreed to a $90 million deal extension. LeMahieu signed a six-year deal that keeps the Yankees out of the luxury tax for the time being. The organization also agreed to terms with Corey Kluber, an outstanding pitcher who has been plagued by injuries the previous two seasons. With this move, they hope to be able to keep their best players in New York for several more years.
LeMahieu debuted with the Yankees in 2015 and has been one of their most consistent hitters ever since. He has always had good numbers with the bat, especially considering he is usually used as a corner outfielder. This year was no exception -- LeMahieu had another strong season at the plate, hitting.287 with 13 home runs and 79 RBIs.
After these new agreements are officially announced, both teams will now turn their attention toward the 2018 season. In order to do so, they will need to clear some space on their rosters. Obviously, the Yankees will try to trade some of their higher-paid players (such as Jacob deGrom), but they may not be able to find many interested parties given how well they did last season. On the other hand, the Yankees could decide to release some of their veterans in order to make room for younger players in their pipeline. We'll have to wait and see what happens with these rumors.
DJ LeMahieu inked a six-year, $90 million contract with the Yankees in the early hours of Friday morning. Many Yankees fans are already calling this trade a bargain. After signing this contract, DJ LeMahieu's annual average worth will rise from $12MM to $15MM. This is a huge increase for one season.
In addition to earning more money, LeMahieu also gets to play in New York City every day of the week except for Sunday. He said after signing with the Yankees that he loves playing here and that it's a great baseball city.
LeMahieu was drafted by the Rockies in 2008 and traded to the Yankees that same year. In 2009, his first full season as a Yankee, he hit.292 with 27 homers and 102 RBIs. In 2010, his only other full season with the team, he hit.293 with 26 homers and 97 RBIs. In 2011, his final season with the Rockies before being traded to the Yankees, he hit.282 with 30 homers and 91 RBIs.
When it came time to choose between staying with the Rockies or going home to play for the Yankees, it wasn't even an issue for LeMahieu. He said after signing with the Yankees that he is a Bronx Bomber through and through and that he wants to help take over for Derek Jeter at shortstop.