D.J. LeMahieu checks a lot of boxes for the Yankees infield

Center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball for the Cubs during a game at St. Louis on Sept. 27 2017

It's beginning to look more and more like the New York Yankees won't be signing All-Star infielder Manny Machado.

Former Rockies All-Star DJ LeMahieu has reached a two-year deal with NY that will pay him $24 million, The Athletic and ESPN reported Friday.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees have reached a two-year agreement with former Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu.

- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2019The Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a versatile player around the infield. The deal is worth two-years, $24 million. He earned a reputation as a strong defensive infielder, posting a DRS of 67 and UZR of 26.5 as a second baseman.

LeMahieu is widely regarded as one of the best defenders at second base; winning the NL Gold Glove at the position three times including the last two years.

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LeMahieu has also started 41 games in his career at third base and one game at first base. LeMahieu won a batting title in 2016 when he hit.348 for the Rockies, but his average dipped to.276 last season.

And LeMahieu is no slouch with the bat, either. On some days they can also start Andujar at DH, move Stanton to left and feature a starting infield of Tulo at short, LeMaheiu at third and Torres at second.

There's going to be a lot of shuffling around in the infield but offensively LeMaheiu should fit in nicely at the bottom of the Yankees lineup. The Yankees' greater long-term concerns reside in the outfield, where there just happens to be a lefty-hitting, big-stage-loving free agent named Bryce Harper still available. Does new signee Troy Tulowitzki suddenly have to compete for playing time with Gleyber Torres?

With Greg Bird and Luke Voit still on the roster at first base, the LeMahieu signing may make Andujar an immensely population trade chip again. But these Yankees have been constructed on good-faith assessments and patience.

Machado, one of the game's most polarizing players, didn't create unified giddiness among either Yankees officials or their fan base.

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