TAMPA — DJ LeMahieu led the majors in batting average last season and is coming off a pair of the best offensive years in the sport.
The Yankees star hasn’t reflected much on that, however.
“Just because last year was good doesn’t mean anything,’’ LeMahieu said Saturday. “It’s a big confidence thing, coming off last year, but at the same time, I’m not taking anything for granted.”
That’s why he spent this past offseason with one thing in mind: “Chasing perfection with my swing.”
His pursuit has paid off well enough that re-signing LeMahieu was Yankees general manager Brian Cashman’s top priority this winter.
After a lengthy negotiation, LeMahieu got a six-year, $90 million deal and the Yankees went on with the rest of their offseason plans, deepening the starting rotation, bullpen and outfield.
Not surprisingly, LeMahieu’s mindset is the same following the payday
“Not a whole lot of changes,’’ LeMahieu said. “Just getting back after it. … I had two of my most fun years in ’19 and ’20. To have the opportunity to do that for six more years is…