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The Yankees are “confident” to get the highest 2021 salary in MLB as DJ LeMahieu continues to pursue – MLB Sports

New York Yankees General manager Brian Cashman addressed the media on Wednesday and called free agent infielder. DJ LeMahieuWinter priorities“I’m confident that I’ll get the best salary again,” he said in Major League Baseball. According to Brian Hoch of MLB.com..

Cashman’s feelings are noteworthy, but not surprising. As outlined when LeMahieu was ranked as the 4th best free agent available this winter, He may offer the Yankees more value than any other team:

Despite playing for 7 seasons Rockies, LeMahieu almost doubled the total of two home runs with the Yankees (49-85). This is noteworthy for several reasons, including his groundball tendencies and what can be described as a beneficial relationship to the dimensions of Yankee Stadium. LeMahieu had the third lowest launch angle among batters in 2020, with more than 200 trips to the plate. Raimel Tapia And Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Hit a total of 4 home runs. In addition, Statcast calculations show that LeMahieu hit about 12 home runs more than expected based on the trajectory of the ball. In other words, signing LeMahieu is betting that his power profile may be perfectly matched to Yankee Stadium in a way that is not converted to other parks. All that needs to be translated is his bat-to-ball and defensive skills, as well as his ability to shoot the ball right in the middle. These aspects are less sexy and less likely to get big rewards. Therefore, this feels like a situation in which LeMahieu should be evaluated more favorably by New York than anyone else. The question is whether the Yankees oppose them.

The only friction of the Yankees is that holding LeMahieu requires leaving Gleyber Torres As a shortstop, it in turn downgrades New York’s infield defense. An alternative is to sign or trade a better defensive shortstop, thereby sliding Torres to second place.Given the construction of the Yankees roster, LeMahieu is lined up for spots or to take over on first or third base, depending on what the Yankees did (or were trying to do). Luke Voit Or Gio Urshela..

No matter what the Yankees decide to do in the infield, Cashman’s claim to lead the majors again in payroll seems reasonable. Spotrac currently has a 2021 salary Yankees estimated at $ 14 million behind Los Angeles Dodgers‘.The Yankees will seem to fill more holes than the Dodgers: In addition to LeMahieu, New York is also at risk of losing a starter Masahiro Tanaka And James Paxton For free agents and outfielders Brett Gardner.. The Yankees hold or replace the Dodgers and may jump over them.

Last Cashman quote worth emphasizing: He Gary Sanchez Catcher’s “Heir apparent”, Note that he liked to enter the season as a starter.. The Yankees were rumored to be interested in JT Realmuto. New York Mets, James McCann.. Even if Cashman considers Realmuto out of his reach, he can add a more capable backup backstop.

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The Yankees are “confident” to get the highest 2021 salary in MLB as DJ LeMahieu continues to pursue

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