Could there be a reunion between the Colorado Rockies and free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu before the 2021 season? We found the official odds on it happening, and the Rockies are one of the favorites to land his services.
After playing seven seasons for the Colorado Rockies, All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu was not resigned by the club prior to the 2019 campaign. As Rockies fans are well aware, the New York Yankees inked LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal that became a bargain for the Yankees as LeMahieu has proven time and time again that he is no Coors Field creation. The 32-year-old LeMahieu finished third in the 2020 American League MVP vote after winning the AL batting title and slashing .364/.421/.590 along with a 177 OPS+.
By the way, that batting title that LeMahieu earned goes in the trophy case with the National League batting title he won in 2016 with the Rockies when he hit .347. He’s the first player in the modern era to win batting titles in both leagues.
But did LeMahieu finish his Yankees career with a bang? LeMahieu rejected an $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees, setting himself free to test the market. The Yankees will receive compensation from another team if it signs LeMahieu, but who could those other teams possibly be?
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According to SportsBetting.ag, the Toronto Blue Jays are the current favorites to land LeMahieu at +250. Right behind them are the Cleveland Indians at +300 and the Rockies at +350.
Also in the odds mix are the New York Mets (+400), Chicago White Sox (+450), and Boston Red Sox (+500).
While the Rockies are among the favorites to land LeMahieu, don’t be surprised if this potentially emotional reunion comes together in reality. We know that Colorado, along with many other Major League teams, are watching their finances closely this offseason. The Rockies also have to figure out what they will do with Trevor Story’s contract which expires after the 2021 campaign. If Colorado is to keep Story and also has sizable contracts with Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon still on the books for next season, it would be hard to see LeMahieu commanding the dollars he is likely seeking from Colorado.
In an offseason that has already brought some interesting financial decisions from various MLB teams, it will be fascinating to see where LeMahieu lands and at what price. Sorry Rockies fans, don’t bet on your team being the answer to where the former Colorado All-Star ends up in 2021.