Yankees sign infielder D.J. LeMahieu, likely out on Manny Machado

D.J. LeMahieu won the NL batting title with the Rockies in 2016, hitting .348.
D.J. LeMahieu won the NL batting title with the Rockies in 2016, hitting .348.(File/Getty Images)

Gold Glove-winning free agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and the Yankees have agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no agreement had been announced.

The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.


New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third, and possibly even first.

The Yankees also announced they had finalized a contract with reliever Zach Britton that guarantees the reliever $39 million over three seasons and could be worth $53 million for four years. Britton gets $13 million in each of the next two seasons. New York has a $13 million option for 2021 and a $14 million option for 2022 and must decide within three days of the 2020 World series whether to exercise both. If the team option is declined, Britton has until the fifth day after the 2020 World Series to exercise a $13 million player option for 2021.

A 31-year-old lefthander, Britton was acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore on July 24 and had a 2.88 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances for New York,

The Yankees also avoided arbitration with outfielder Aaron Hicks, who agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract that more than doubled his salary from $2,825,000. The 29-year-old switch-hitter took over as the Yankees primary center fielder and set career highs with 137 games, 27 homers, and 79 RBIs.


DeGrom gets $17m from Mets

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary.

The deal was agreed to Friday before the pitcher and team were to exchange proposed salaries in arbitration. It also set a mark for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the third time. Fellow Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard agreed to a $6 million deal, doubling his salary.

DeGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was selected to his second All-Star Game. He was fifth in MVP voting after receiving little run support on a fourth-place squad.

The righthander went 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 remarkably consistent starts for a team that finished 77-85. The 30-year-old can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Syndergaard went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 25 starts last season but had some trouble staying healthy again. The righthander logged only 30 1/3 innings in 2017 because of a torn lat muscle. Last year he missed time with a finger injury and an illness, finishing with 155 strikeouts and 39 walks in 154⅓ innings.

Davis, A’s agree on $16.5m deal

Khris Davis, last season’s major league home run leader, reached agreement with the Athletics on a $16.5 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration. The A’s also said Friday they had agreed to one-year deals with lefthander Sean Manaea, infielders Jurickson Profar and Marcus Semien, and outfielder Mark Canha to avoid arbitration. Davis, 31, received a hefty raise from the A’s last winter, then went out and hit a majors-best 48 home runs while setting a career high with 123 RBIs . . . Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Cubs agreed to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension. Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy following allegations made by his ex-wife. He missed the final 11 regular-season games plus the wild-card playoff loss and will be eligible to return May 3, barring postponements. Kris Bryant agreed to a $12.9 million, one-year deal, a raise from $10.85 million. Also agreeing to one-year deals were Javier Baez ($5.2 million), Kyle Schwarber ($3.39 million) and pitcher Kyle Hendricks ($7.405 million) . . . Four-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado asked for $30 million in salary arbitration, while the Rockies offered $24 million. Arenado, who has won six straight Gold Glove Awards and four consecutive Silver Slugger Awards, made $17.85 million last year . . . The Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Robbie Ray and third baseman Jake Lamb. Ray gets $6.05 million, a raise of $2.1 million, and Lamb receives $4,825,000, a raise of $550,000 . . . The Cardinals and righthander Michael Wacha avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.35 million contract, a raise of $1.05 million. The Cardinals also agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Marcell Ozuna at $12.25 million . . . The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with Nicholas Castellanos, agreeing on a $9.95 million deal with the outfielder for 2019 . . . Giants lefthander Will Smith reached agreement on a $4,225,000 contract with the Giants to avoid salary arbitration. Smith, 29, went 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA with 14 saves in 54 appearances . . . The Braves agreed to a $5,475,000, one-year deal with Mike Foltynewicz, avoiding arbitration with the All-Star righthander . . . The Pirates avoided arbitration with outfielder Corey Dickerson, reaching a one-year deal worth $8.5 million, up from $5.95 million last season.


Dodgers bring back Martin

The Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, a day after losing free agent Yasmani Grandal to Milwaukee. Los Angeles obtained the 35-year-old Canadian from the Blue Jays for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a righthander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder. Toronto is sending cash to offset some of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract . . . Slugger Jose Abreu and the White Sox agreed to a $16 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration . . . The Marlins avoided arbitration with J.T. Realmuto by agreeing to a $5.9 million deal with the All-Star catcher, who has been mentioned in numerous trade scenarios this offseason. Realmuto hit .277 with 21 homers and 74 RBIS last season, when he made $2.9 million . . . The Nationals avoided arbitration with two star infielders, reaching an $18.8 million deal with Anthony Rendon and a $3,725,000 agreement with Trea Turner . . . The Astros agreed to terms with seven of their arbitration-eligible players, but star shortstop Carlos Correa and righthander Gerrit Cole were not among them. Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, made just $1 million last season. He asked for $5 million when swapping figures with the team, and the Astros offered $4.25 million. Cole, who made $6.75 million last year, asked for $13.5 million, and the team offered $11,425,000. Houston third baseman Alex Bregman will be limited to start spring training after having minor surgery on his right elbow. The Astros said Bregman is expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season after having arthroscopic surgery.