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Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu named AL MVP finalist

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu has been named a finalist for the AL MVP award, it was announced Monday night.

LeMahieu would be the first Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 to win the award.

In just his second season in the Bronx, LeMahieu has been the offensive MVP for this squad, slashing .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs after appearing in 50-of-60 games in the shortened 2020 season. His batting average and OBP led the league.

A potential free agent this winter, LeMahieu was extended an $18.9 million qualifying offer by the Yankees on Sunday, in hopes he stays in New York for at least another season.

LeMahieu is joined by Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians as finalists for AL MVP.

Abreu played all 60 games this season for Chicago, slashing .317/.370/.617 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs. He led the league in RBIs and hits with 76.

Ramirez slashed .292/.386/.607 with 17 home runs and 46 RBIs in 58 games of play.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.