By Sam Bush
As the Phillies make an up-close-and-personal pitch to free agent Bryce Harper today in Vegas, there is good news emanating from Yankee Stadium.
Gold Glove-winning free agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and the Yankees have agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press, a deal that would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado, whom the Phillies have had their eyes on for what seems like forever.
The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.
New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third, and possibly even first.