The Yankees are finalizing a deal to keep their best all-around player of the past two seasons, the all-star infielder D.J. LeMahieu, in New York.
The deal is expected to be for six years and $90 million, said two people familiar with the negotiations who weren’t authorized to speak publicly because it was not official yet. One person said the deal’s final hurdle was having LeMahieu’s undergo a physical examination.
The reunion was anticipated. The Yankees have repeatedly praised LeMahieu’s impact on the team over the past two years. Even as baseball’s hot stove has been anything but this winter, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman reiterated in December that the team’s top priority was re-signing LeMahieu, 32. He said the team would wait as long as needed.
But LeMahieu — also coveted by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Mets, among other teams — did not want to go anywhere else. Quiet and competitive, LeMahieu has said often how much he loves playing for a contending team, at Yankee Stadium and in New York.