Latest on Yankees’ pursuit of DJ LeMahieu: Mets have recently contacted veteran infielder

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DJ LeMahieu takes a practice swing while wearing sunglasses
DJ LeMahieu takes a practice swing while wearing sunglasses

The Yankees have made it clear that re-signing DJ LeMahieu is their top priority at the moment. Here’s the latest…

Dec. 22, 7:57 p.m.

According to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Mets have recently reached out to LeMahieu, which could set up a battle between the two New York teams to land the three-time All-Star.

The Mets have some interesting decisions to make on the infield with Robinson Cano suspended and Andres Gimenez, Jeff McNeil, and Amed Rosario having the versatility to play multiple positions. LeMahieu, of course, could fit in at second or third, and the Mets would be able to move pieces around to fit a star like LeMahieu in their infield in 2021 and beyond. 

Dec. 21, 11:37 a.m.

With the gap between both sides continuing, LeMahieu is starting to talk to other teams. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, a team in the AL East is a big contender for LeMahieu’s services. 

The Toronto Blue Jays, per his sources, are “significant players in the LeMahieu sweepstakes.” Passan adds them being the Yanks’ “biggest threat,” and the Blue Jays have made it known they are aggressive this offseason to complement their solid young core. 

Dec. 14, 9:03 a.m.

With the Yankees and LeMahieu reportedly more than $25 million apart in contract talks, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, LeMahieu is planning to start talking with other interested teams.

In addition to the Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams that could make a strong push for LeMahieu.

SNY’s Andy Martino has been reporting that LeMahieu is the Yankees’ top priority, and that the shape of their offseason could change if they are unable to reach an agreement to bring him back.

LeMahieu will turn 33 years old this coming July, making a deal of potentially five years a bit risky. 

Dec. 13, 11:08 a.m.

According to NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty, the Yankees and LeMahieu are way off on money during contract negotiations.

Kuty says a “gulf … wider than $25 million” is currently between both sides, as they are unable to agree on the financial terms of a deal. The Yankees wanted LeMahieu under a contract worth $75 million over four years. However, LeMahieu has been looking for a five-year pact worth $100 million.

“The years are right,” Kuty’s source said. “The money is wrong.”

The Yankees have made it very known that re-signing LeMahieu is priority number one, and SNY’s Andy Martino noted that the rest of their free agency tasks will likely be coming after that is nailed down one way or another.

Dec. 10, 8:40 p.m.

GM Brian Cashman made it known yet again that the Yankees’ “intent” is to re-sign LeMahieu. 

“No, I don’t have any updates there,” Cashman said on LeMahieu. “We have had discussions, and our intent is there. Obviously we have good intentions when it comes to DJ LeMahieu and trying to re-sign him, and I think he has the same on his end.”

The Yankees are working on a budget this year following the pandemic-riddled losses from the 2020 season and Cashman noted the “financial opportunity” that other teams can offer compared to New York. 

Dec. 9, 2:31 p.m.

Luke Voit seems very confident that LeMahieu will be back with the Bombers in 2021.

“If I was a gambling man, I’d want to put money on DJ coming back,” Voit said, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “I think he wants to be back. I hope he’s back because he’s one of the best players in baseball, one of the best hitters I ever played with.

“I want him in the pinstripes for the rest of his career.”

Dec. 8, 11:43 a.m.

In his latest piece about the Yankees’ starting pitching options, SNY’s Andy Martino noted the Yankees are working on a budget this offseason due to the losses taken because of the pandemic last season.

LeMahieu, then, is the priority with a cap on spending. Martino says both sides are in talks, and the Yankees are “hoping to get him but not certain that they will.”

Dec. 3, 2:57 p.m.

Because LeMahieu will likely require a big chunk of money, the Yankees are waiting for his free agency to end one way or another before seeing where else they can look, per SNY’s Andy Martino.

Several agents told Martino this, saying the Yanks continued to pursue LeMahieu despite the starting pitching market being something they could dabble in.

Nov. 18, 5:46 p.m.

After Robinson Cano was suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, the Mets emerged as a possible landing spot for LeMahieu. However, SNY’s Andy Martino still believes the Yankees are the likelier landing spot.

LeMahieu has already made it known that he likes the Yankees fit. The Mets also have options like Andres Gimenez and Jeff McNeil to move into that second base role. With Steve Cohen owning the team now, though, the Mets can’t be ruled out until a deal is inked.

Nov. 11, 5:00 p.m.

As expected, LeMahieu declined his $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees, and will head into free agency looking for a much bigger deal.

The reigning American League batting champ has earned that over the past two seasons in pinstripes, easily the team’s MVP in that span. The Yanks are very much in the mix to re-sign him, as LeMahieu has mentioned his desire to return.

The 32-year-old has hit .336/.386/.536 in his two seasons with the Yanks, and has been an MVP candidate in both seasons.