According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com and MLB Network, thus far, there have been three teams that have spoken to former Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu and his agency about a potential free agent deal. However, none of the three teams mentioned are the Rockies.
The chance of the Colorado Rockies resigning their former second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a free agent deal this offseason is slim to none considering that the Rockies have a few prospects coming up to fill second base (Brendan Rodgers, Ryan McMahon, and Garrett Hampson to name the three that are closest to the majors).
That sentiment seems to be correct as Jon Morosi of MLB.com published an article yesterday about the market for LeMahieu.
He indicates that there are three teams that have spoken to LeMahieu and his agency.
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Those three teams are the Washington Nationals, the Minnesota Twins, and the Rockies-divisional foe, the Los Angeles Dodgers. As Morosi also noted, the Rockies aren’t “believed to be making a serious effort” to resign him, which is, as mentioned, not all that surprising.
For Rockies fans, without question, the main place that they would not want to see LeMahieu go to is the Dodgers. Since the two teams play 19 games together per season (not to mention if they meet in the playoffs or a game 163, like they did in 2018).
Therefore, LeMahieu would have a big opportunity to beat the Rockies, particularly at Coors Field, where he has hit .329/.386/.447 in his career.
It should also be noted that LeMahieu was born and spent his early childhood in Visalia, California, which is about 180 miles north of Dodger Stadium, before moving to Wisconsin and Michigan, where he graduated from high school before attending Louisiana State University.
Our colleagues over at Motor City Bengals also recently discussed the chances of LeMahieu going to Detroit, as he graduated from high school just 20 miles away from Comerica Park. MLB Trade Rumors also predicted that he would head to Detroit but, at least thus far, Morosi has not indicated that the Tigers, or anybody else, are in discussions with LeMahieu.
There aren’t many free agent signings that would surprise me personally with the Dodgers since they can spend as much as they want and, in this case, this would be another. For the Rockies, though, of all teams, they are hoping that the Dodgers are one of the other 28 teams that won’t end up with him.