The New York Yankees knew they were going to have competition in re-signing second baseman DJ LeMahieu, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Washington Nationals are also in on him.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported the Nationals have had continued interest in LeMahieu, which goes back as far as two offseasons ago.
Source: The #Nats are showing continued interest in DJ LeMahieu, whom they also pursued as a free agent two offseasons ago, as I reported this morning on @MLBNetwork. @MLB #MLBNHotStove
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 20, 2020
LeMahieu is reportedly seeking a five-year contract, but at the moment, the Yankees are only comfortable offering a 3-4 year deal. However, Jim Bowden of CBS Sports believes LeMahieu’s preference is to return to the Bronx, and a deal could potentially be done before Spring Training.
The #Yankees have made it clear that bringing back 2B D.J. LeMahieu is their top priority. As the negotiations grind on it’s also evident that LeMahieu preference is to return to the Bronx Bombers. #OnlyMatteroftime #$$$$
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) November 20, 2020
Despite the Yankees and Nationals being at the forefront, they aren’t the only teams interested in LeMahieu’s services. The New York Mets are without a second baseman after losing Robinson Cano for the 2021 season due a PED suspension. While they could slot Jeff McNeil at second base, the sudden opening appears to signal the Mets could be after LeMahieu as well.
LeMahieu hit .364/.421/.590 with a 1.011 OPS in 50 games for the Yankees in 2020.