Part 15 of a series analyzing the New York Yankees
Regardless if a baseball season is played or not, DJ LeMahieu will have to borrow a line from the Clash regarding his future: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?’’
LeMahieu, 31, will be a free agent whether there are 82 games played or none due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the 2019 season, in which he was an All-Star for the third time and finished fourth in the AL MVP race, LeMahieu spoke about how much he enjoyed being a Yankee. Teammates raved about his ability and makeup. With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hurt for long stretches of the season, LeMahieu’s bat endeared him to the team’s decision-makers and was a big reason the Yankees won the AL East by seven lengths over the Rays.
So, the player likes it where he is. Teammates love having him. Decision-makers speak glowingly of him. Easy call, right? LeMahieu stays in The Bronx.
Not so fast.
With an eye on eventual contract extensions for All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado and pitcher German Marquez following the 2018 season, the Rockies didn’t want to go more than two…