According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies have had no discussions with second baseman DJ LeMahieu about returning to the Rockies in 2019 and beyond.
Yesterday, a report surfaced that the Los Angeles Dodgers were interested in signing LeMahieu to fill their need at second base. Shortly thereafter, Saunders tweeted out that the Colorado Rockies had not been in touch with the All-Star free agent about a return to the position he has held since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season.
LeMahieu is a batting champion, two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, including the award he just earned on Sunday night. It was expected that LeMahieu would test free agency, even before it was announced by Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich that he would not be extending a qualifying offer on the 30-year-old second baseman.
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The Rockies seem intent to let LeMahieu check on what he might get on the open market. With LeMahieu on the disabled list for the first time in his career last season, Garrett Hampson made his Major League debut and hit .275 in 48 plate appearances. If LeMahieu were to leave the Rockies, Hampson would likely fill his spot with competition from top prospect Brendan Rodgers.
LeMahieu helped his own cause last season by blasting a career-high 15 home runs, including 11 away from Coors Field. However, he was also shelved three different times with injuries.
He also enters a market that has plenty of second basemen looking for a new team. Daniel Murphy, Josh Harrison, Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier are just some of the names who are free agent second basemen this offseason. However, at 30, LeMahieu is the youngest of that group, an advantage that could favor him.
Colorado seems content with the options they have at second base (which could include Ryan McMahon, if needed) so, despite being named one of the Top 25 Rockies in franchise history last season, LeMahieu could be sporting a different uniform in 2019.