When the Yankees signed DJ LeMahieu back in January of 2019, the move was met with some confusion from the fans.
Many believed the Yankees were in the running for superstar third baseman Manny Machado. So when the team signed LeMahieu for just 2 years $24 million some thought the team was "getting cheap." Turns out DJ would be well worth the money, and then some.
Before 2019, LeMahieu had played in 8 seasons, mostly with the Colorado Rockies. He was always a solid hitter, always hitting at least .267, which was his worst total in Colorado.
It wasn't only his bat, but LeMahieu showed excellent defense at second base, winning 3 Gold Glove awards with the Rockies in 2014, 2017 and 2018. The Yankees were getting an all around great player for a very friendly deal.
In 2019 DJ quickly turned the doubters of the signing into fans.
Playing in 145 games, he slashed .327/.375/.518 with an OPS of .893. He posted career highs in home runs with 26, RBI's with 102, and doubles with 33.
He also showed his defensive versatility by playing at least 40 games at second, third and first base. He was an easy all-star selection, took home the Silver Slugger award, and finished 4th in the AL MVP voting.
Now in 2020, DJ is doing it all over again.
Through 40 games, he is slashing an impressive .373/.426/.641 with an OPS of 1.067. His average, on-base percentage, and OPS all lead the American League!
He has also hit 10 home runs and 23 RBI's. He has a very good chance at winning the AL MVP award with the way he's played.
There is no doubt that this has been one of, if not the best signings in recent history by GM Brian Cashman. But, just how much is DJ going to be asking for in the off-season?
LeMahieu will be 33 next July, but there is no evidence of him slowing down with age. The Yankees have already seen how valuable he is to the team and would be foolish to let him go.
It is definitely possible that he could double his salary ($12 million) in 2021. A contract along the lines of 4 years $96 million could be the right offer, and would be well deserved for a player like him.