The Yankees are finalizing a deal to bring back DJ LeMahieu, according to multiple reports.
Per Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the deal could be completed later on Friday.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the sides are finalizing a six-year, $90 million deal.
Among the other teams that were in the hunt for the 32-year-old LeMahieu were the Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.
Per SNY’s Andy Martino, there was mutual interest between the Mets and LeMahieu.
Martino had reported in November that the Yankees were the likelier landing spot for LeMahieu than the Mets, and noted earlier this week that while there was interest between the Mets and LeMahieu, the Yanks remained the far likelier destination.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman was open about his desire to bring back LeMahieu, who was the Yankees’ best hitter in both 2019 and 2020.
Before accounting for LeMahieu’s new deal, the Yankees’ payroll for 2021 is at a shade under $175 million, per Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
When factoring in what LeMahieu is likely to get, the Yankees’ payroll could climb to close to $200 million. The luxury tax is roughly $210 million.
It had been expected that if the Yankees brought LeMahieu back, he would be their biggest expenditure of the offseason. And unless the Yankees exceed the luxury tax or dump a contract or two via trade, it appears that will indeed be the case.
The Yanks can still use some certainty in the starting rotation and have been connected to Corey Kluber. However, Martino reported on Thursday that there is heavier industry speculation that the Boston Red Sox could be a fit.