DJ LeMahieu should not be considered an under-the-radar signing by anyone. However, he was undervalued during the offseason that saw the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado being swarmed by many teams.
However, Brian Cashman wasn’t salivating when laying his eyes on either player, instead, inking LeMahieu to a 2-year, $24 million dollar contract on January 14.
LeMahieu won the NL batting title with the Colorado Rockies in 2016, after hitting .348 on the season. In 2019, Lemahieu is trying to out-do himself, currently hitting .342 for the Bombers while driving in 64 runs in the process.
Similar to Urshela, LeMahieu did not find himself in the Opening Day starting lineup, as the former Rockies All-Star was in a platoon situation behind Voit and Bird at first base, as well as Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar at second and third base.
However, since being inserted into Aaron Boone’s lineup, LeMahieu has proven to be one of the best signings in recent Yankees history, being the Yanks’ MVP through the first half of the season, earning him the starting second base job in this year’s MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.
LeMahieu is hitting .429 in his last 21 at-bats and is coming off an impressive display across the pond in London, England, where the Yankee second baseman went 7-for-12 with seven runs batted in while picking up three extra-base hits in the process.