After months of stalled negotiations, free agent DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees are finalizing a six-year, $90 million contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
The 32-year-old LeMahieu had reportedly become dismayed by the drag in negotiations with the Yankees this winter and had requested his agent to re-engage with clubs that had previously expressed interest.
LeMahieu was to engage in virtual meetings with other clubs this week; he was primarily tied to interest by the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Yankees balked at the five-year, $100 million asking price, essentially allowing LeMahieu's camp to find that deal if it existed in the open market.
LeMahieu won the AL batting title in 2020. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)
But a reunion was the clear first choice for both the Yankees and LeMahieu.
LeMahieu rejected the club's qualifying offer of $18.9 million, making him a free agent for the second time in three years.
Before the 2019 season, LeMahieu signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Yankees.
Now, LeMahieu slots back in as the starting second baseman, leaving the Yankees with about $15 million to $20 million add pitching while staying under the $210 million luxury tax threshold.
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