Yankees fans woke up to the news they have been hoping and praying for since last offseason. While it wasn’t completed at the speed that they would’ve liked a deal between the Yankees and free-agent infielder DJ LeMahieu reached an agreement on a new contract early this morning.
MLB Network insider Jon Morosi first broke the news of the agreement at around six this morning. (Eastern standard time). This was followed by a few hours of radio silence from the league’s top reporters. This caused understandable skepticism among the fanbase. However, that report was confirmed a few hours later by Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal.
Back in 2018, LeMahieu made it clear after signing that he wanted to be a Yankee and he reaffirmed that by rejecting an offer from the division rival Blue Jays that was set to pay him $78 million over four years. For those who don’t want to do the math that would give LeMahieu 19.5 million per year. While his camp made it clear that they would not take a “Hometown discount” but he did. LeMahieu’s six-year/$90 million dollar deal pays him $15 million per season. This contract also will allow the Yankees to stay under the first luxury tax threshold of $210 million.