The New York Yankees finally started making moves this week.
The team re-signed DJ LeMahieu to a six-year contract worth $90 million, which always seemed inevitable, and then they dipped into the free-agent pitching market and added two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber on a one-year deal.
The Blue Jays apparently made a four-year, $78 million offer to LeMahieu but he unsurprisingly took a larger offer to stick around in New York. It seems as though the Blue Jays were ultimately just a bargaining chip by LeMahieu’s camp to raise the Yankees’ offer, but I don’t think missing out on a 32-year-old whose best offensive production has come at Coors Field and Yankee Stadium is a bad thing.
And then there’s Kluber, which is a more frustrating one to miss out on. The Yankees are only paying Kluber $11 million in 2021 and they got themselves a starter with some major upside. That being said, this addition does likely indicate that both Masahario Tanaka and James Paxton will be playing for new teams next season.
Anyway, with LeMahieu off the board, the focus shifts to George Springer and J.T. Realmuto, the top two free agent position players left.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation