DJ LeMahieu is active on social media during the Winter Meetings. That’s right, Yankees fans.
DJ LeMahieu is without a home right now, but it sure feels like the New York Yankees are temporarily taking him in as the contract negotiations continue. Shortly after the Bombers’ playoff exit, DJ was working out at Yankee Stadium. We know there’s been dialogue between his agent and the front office.
On Monday, we have some more evidence that makes it feel like LeMahieu will be a Yankee in 2021 and beyond. The source? Instagram. Yup, the most reliable and trustworthy out there!
Why? Because this one came straight from DJ’s personal account DURING the Winter Meetings. We’re not sure how active he’s been posting to his story, but his last actual Instagram post was 36 weeks ago. Now he’s popping on the ‘gram to show everyone on his story that he’s using Aaron Judge’s bat as he works out this offseason?
Life as a free agent, we guess. DJ isn’t under contract, so the Yankees aren’t producing his lumber. The payroll is tight, people! Leave it to nice guy Aaron Judge to help out a man in need. We’d have to imagine this is like DJ using a donut to get those heavy swings in before stepping in the box to see 96 MPH heat. Judge carries the equivalent of a sledgehammer, probably.
All jokes aside, the fact that LeMahieu is still seemingly working out with the Yankees and/or his teammates at this juncture has to have the whole contract thing trending in New York’s direction. Yes, we know the Dodgers, Mets and Blue Jays are also involved, but there’s a mutual desire here for both parties to come to an agreement.
If it takes Judge lending his bat to DJ, then so be it. But maybe, like, Gio Urshela can send over his lumber while he’s on the shelf? That’s probably a better fit for LeMahieu.
Anyway, it seems like the Yankees have the upper hand here. You don’t need to have a Zoom call with the guy. Just offer four at a higher AAV or go five for $100 million. It’s not worth the back and forth and negative press.
And give the guy a damn bat, please. He needs to stay fresh.