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The 30-year-old has three Gold Gloves and won the NL batting title back in 2016 when he hit.348.

NY was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. He will play first base, second base, and third base for the team.

The team has Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and newly signed Troy Tulowitzki, who can also play those spots on the field.

It remains to be seen how the second base job shakes out for the Rockies in 2019. Of course, LeMahieu could also be in line to serve as a roving infielder once Gregorius returns. Short of actually shopping the young third baseman, the Yankees do appear open to trading Andujar.

2018 was a little bit of a down year for LeMahieu by his standards. Perhaps more importantly, the signing signals the Yankees are likely out on Machado.

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LeMahieu's imminent arrival in the Bronx may also be signaling the end of franchise's negotiations with top free agent Manny Machado.

Despite playing exclusively at second base the last four years, the Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a sort of super-utility infielder, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. In fact, many believe that Machado prefers the Yankees to other options.

Chicago has offered Machado a contract worth close to $200 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. His contact-oriented approach should be a good complement to the power hitters that make up the rest of the team's lineup. Middleton told Skversky that the meeting was "really positive", and that they "got to understand what [Bryce] would be like for the clubhouse and community".

It'll be interesting to see how the Yankees envision LeMahieu fitting in - and does his addition mean they're out of the Machado sweepstakes?


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