With less than 50 days until the Dodgers play their first scheduled Spring Training game, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. One of those questions is that will need to be addressed is at third base or just the infield in general.
With Justin Turner still a free agent rumored to be looking for a 4-year deal, the Dodgers may have to look elsewhere for help. One guy that has been rumored is DJ LeMahieu, and the New York Yankees might have just made that possibility even more realistic.
Recent reports suggest that LeMahieu is not happy with the way the Yankees are handling contract negotiations. So much so that the Dodgers could become a realistic option as he starts to look more broadly at his options.
LeMahieu, according to a source close to his family, has become dismayed by the slow-play tactics of the Yankees, along with other clubs.
According to that same source, LeMahieu has asked that his agent re-engages with teams interested in signing him. That includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been mentioned in the LeMahieu rumors for the last few months.
The problem for the Dodgers currently lies in DJ’s contract demands, which include the desire for a 5-year deal. LeMahieu reportedly wants to surpass that contracts of both Josh Donaldson and JD Martinez. Donaldson got 4 years at $92 million with the Twins and Martinez got 5 at $110 million with the Red Sox.
The Yankees no doubt had the first priority in signing LeMahieu, but it sounds like they’ve opened the door to other teams getting the opportunity. That would include the Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Mets. The Braves, Cardinals, and Red Sox are a few other teams that were rumored to have reached out early in free agency as well.
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