Could DJ LeMaheiu’s frustration with the New York Yankees lead him to the Boston Red Sox in free agency?
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports don’t count the Red Sox out on the LeMahieu sweepstakes as the 32-year-old versatile second baseman has grown frustrated in his talks with the high-powered Yankees.
Is adding the hated rival Red Sox to the mix just a contract ploy or is there really something brewing between the two sides?
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Well, here is what Brown had to say about the two-time batting champ who would solve the Red Sox need for a second baseman:
“A two-time batting champ and the New York Yankees’ best player for two seasons running, LeMahieu, according to a source close to his family, has become dismayed by the slow-play tactics of the Yankees, along with other clubs. Teams that have engaged with the LeMahieu camp say LeMahieu expects more than Josh Donaldson’s four-year, $92 million deal with the Minnesota Twins and at least on par with J.D. Martinez’s five years and $110 million with the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees, LeMahieu’s preferred club after two successful seasons in the Bronx, have not met those terms.”
The column goes on to say that LeMaheiu is looking to re-engage with teams who showed most interest early in free agency, including the Red Sox.
With teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and another AL East rival, the Toronto Blue Jays in the mix, it would seem the Red Sox would be down on the list given the contract demands. But a big market team like Boston can’t be counted out.
LeMaheiu, Red Sox could stick it to the Yankees
Does Chaim Bloom have this kind of boss move in him?
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Since becoming Red Sox chief baseball officer, Bloom’s only major move was an unpopular one in trading Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. But a few moves this offseason, including the signing of a prize free agent like LeMaheiu would not only put him on the map but spark his introduction to the Boston-NY Yankees rivalry.
Beyond that, LeMaheiu does represent a great need for the team. He is on the other side of 30, but he is a two-time All Star with power, who would team nicely with Xander Bogaerts. He also has the versatility to play multiple positions in the infield so signing him would add depth as well.
So, just imagine LeMaheiu in a Red Sox uniform with the chance to play his former team several times. This potential signing would add some fuel back to a rivalry that has grown rather boring the last two seasons mainly due to the Boston side of it not living up to the hype.