With the signing of DJ LeMahieu, the New York Yankees are facing some serious decisions regarding the rest of their infield.
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman needs to try his hand at pitching because in signing DJ LeMahieu, he threw the ultimate curveball. The former batting champion was signed to a two-year, $24 million deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Jack Curry of YES added LeMahieu would play second base, third base, and first base in the Bronx.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2019
The Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a versatile player around the infield. They will use him at second base, first base and third base.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) January 11, 2019
First off, LeMahieu is a great signing for New York. He hit .348 for the Colorado Rockies in 2016 and is a great defensive second baseman. He has a career DRS of 67 at the position along with a respectable 26.5 UZR. Throw in his ability to chip in at other positions, and he’s probably going to be the Neil Walker of 2019. You know, someone who technically has one job but winds up doing more, like Groundskeeper Willie.
Except, the Yankees have a problem. Adding LeMahieu means they have way too many infielders on the roster, particularly when it comes to setting the opening day lineup. Someone’s going to get cut by Opening Day, but who? Also, does this mean the Yankees are officially out on Manny Machado?
It’s a tough question, so let’s answer it by going through the New York infield and determining who has to go!
Out of all the players we’ll cover in this piece, Gleyber Torres is the one who can probably be deemed the safest. The 22-year-old exceeded all expectations as the Yankees’ second baseman in 2018, batting .271 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI.
Now, a lot of the Yankees’ decision on this matter depends on if they sign Machado, but it’s really looking unlikely at this point. Moreover, even if Machado does put on the pinstripes, he isn’t going to threaten Torres for playing time. The Venezuelan sensation is just too good.
Thus, barring a major sophomore slump, don’t count on DJ LeMahieu’s arrival signaling the end of Gleyber Day.