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Report: Yankees re-sign DJ LeMahieu to 6-year, $90M contract

The Yankees have repeatedly said that re-signing DJ LeMahieu is their top winter priority. The months-long stalemate between the club and their top position player appears to be nearing a conclusion.

LeMahieu and the Yankees are finalizing terms on an agreement that will keep the sweet-swinging infielder in pinstripes, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal is expected to be for six years and $90 million, according to Passan. The team has not commented.

With an average annual value of $15 million, the six-year pact would provide the Yankees with relief as they aim to bring payroll below the $210 million luxury tax threshold this season.

LeMahieu has said that his preference would be to continue playing in New York. According to recent reports, LeMahieu had grown impatient with negotiations to re-sign with the Yankees, telling his agent to reach out to other teams who had expressed interest, including the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Dodgers and Mets.

The 32-year-old has hit .336/.386/.536 in 195 games with the Yankees over the past two seasons. He led the American League in batting average (.364), on-base percentage (.421) and OPS (1.011) in 2020, and he finished third in the AL MVP Award voting after a fourth-place finish in 2019 in his first season with New York.

General manager Brian Cashman has said that LeMahieu’s situation was “driving the bus” in the Yankees’ offices.

Once LeMahieu’s future is settled, the club is expected to focus on bolstering the pitching staff behind ace right-hander Gerrit Cole. They scouted free agent right-hander Corey Kluber’s Florida showcase this week and have expressed trade interest in the Pirates’ Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon, among others.