DJ LeMahieu and NY Yankees Finalizing 6-Year, $90 Million Deal

DJ LeMahieu with the New York Yankees in 2019. Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/Shutterstock

All-MLB infielder DJ LeMahieu won’t be leaving New York anytime soon. LeMahieu reportedly agreed to a new six-year deal with the Yankees that will see him stay with the franchise through the 2026 MLB season.

LeMahieu became a free agent this offseason after rejecting an $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees. Still, both sides were committed to extending the 32-year-old infielder’s tenure with the organization and have managed to come to a deal in recent days.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, LeMahieu will earn $90 million in the next six years according to the terms of the deal. His previous contract was for two years and $24 million.

DJ LeMahieu was one of Yankees’ best players in the shortened 2020 MLB season, leading the MLB with a .364 batting average while adding 10 homers and 27 RBIs. This brought him a third-place finish in the AL MVP Award voting.

By getting LeMahieu on a long-term contract, NY Yankees sorted out their biggest task this offseason. The franchise is now expected to improve their rotation and add reliable arms behind ace Gerrit Cole. Several names are reportedly on the Yankees shortlist, including two-time CY Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who is currently a free agent, and Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter Joe Musgrove.