Can we please stop hearing the Dodgers and DJ LeMahieu getting connected? Yankees fans don’t need this.
Trust us — we’re nervous. More nervous than we even should be, considering every column insinuates that signing him will involve out-bidding the Yanks, the presumed favorite and a motivated partner in the deal.
But, at the same time…back off? He’s ours? You know?
Passan spent one of his very few available chunks in Monday’s rumors column discussing why LeMahieu’s return can’t be assumed, but the only time he really scared us was when he mentioned the Dodgers. Again. Everyone keeps doing that.
And, at this point, it simply has to mean something. They have to be the top contender for his services, outside the walls of the Bronx.
It’d be a pretty great way to reignite that age-old rivalry, huh? And by “great,” we mean terrible.
Of the various “others” we’ve previously discussed in the LeMahieu conversation, it appears only the Mets, Blue Jays and Dodgers remain — unless the Washington Nationals want to change my mind.
But where there’s smoke, there’s usually at least some form of fire. And over the past few weeks, the Dodgers have risen from a mostly speculative fit to a genuine rumor. The discourse has changed from a series of MLB insiders saying, “Hey, you know who actually makes sense for LeMahieu? The Dodgers.”
Now, the baseball world appears to be taking them seriously. And as the only established fearsome spenders out there, that could be a problem.
After all, if you’re the Dodgers, why wouldn’t you want to replace a 36-year-old Justin Turner with a two-times-running MVP finalist whose addition would make your primary American League rival much worse? And though we’ve treated his five-year, $100 million proposal as a huge ask, there are some teams that have that much room in their endless budget already.
OK, actually, it might only be the Dodgers who can do something like that without blinking.
And that’s why we’re not thrilled we keep seeing them lurking around this conversation.