Yankees: 3 moves that will make NYY a dynasty again

Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees - (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

3. Sign DJ LeMahieu to a Multi-Year Deal

This one is a no-brainer. The Yanks originally signed the former Colorado Rockie D.J. LeMahieu, who turned 32 last month, to a two-year deal for a “measly” $24 million. His contract is now up after 2020. It is unbelievable that no other club attempted to sign him for the same amount; lots of GMs must be kicking themselves in the you-know-where right now.

He flew under the radar then, and the Bombers wisely grabbed him. The word is out now, and this time he will cost a lot of dough ($20 million a year or more over four or more years). Hopefully, the Yanks will open their checkbook wide and sign him.

I don’t have to list all of his hitting accomplishments since coming over to New York for Bomber fans, but his incredible ability to consistently drive home men on base, his versatility, and solid play in the field all justify his high future salary. These attributes alone are worth the high price to retain him.

But there is something else about him that is an extra important benefit and seals the deal: his character. He is a true team player and has a valuable clubhouse presence. There is no phoniness or aloofness about him. He simply goes out every day, does his job, and roots for his teammates to succeed.

Baseball dynasties are not comprised only of excellent players. They also include people who are not only future Hall of Famers, but who also have outstanding character and generate positive team chemistry, which are important ingredients for winning.