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Report: Dodgers Have Emerged As A Potential Suitor For DJ Lemahieu

The Los Angeles Dodgers are thought to enter the season with an in-house group to fill second base every day. However, an interesting report dropped today from Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Dodgers have their eye on a player they know well.

Morosi says that the Dodgers are one of three teams who have checked in on Lemahieu. The Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins are also listed as teams who have had preliminary talks with the former Colorado Rockies second baseman.

Lemahieu enters his age-30 season coming off a 2018 that saw him hit .276 with a .749 OPS in Colorado. However, the prior three seasons he was a .300 hitter; including a 2016 batting title (.347).

Analysis

This is an interesting development to say the least. Now that the Dodgers have emerged in the Lemahieu sweepstakes, it will be interesting to see how comfortable they are with the likes of Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez. Moreover, if the asking-price for Lemahieu isn’t steep; the Dodgers may make a move as early as the first week of December. Lemahieu has hit lead-off 92 times in his career, so he brings experience hitting at the top of the lineup. This is a developing storyline to keep an eye on.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I would be fine with this signing of LaMahieu. A big reason besides he has gold glove and a batting title on his resume is that in 533 AB’s in 2018 he struck out only 82 times, which not bad at all compared to Chris Taylor, who stuck out a league leading 178 times! And he can bat lead off as well. But he may not choose to sign with Dodgers simply because of him being made to platoon. and many players probably feel this way if in fact they have been regular starting players up to this point in their careers.

  2. Average at best hitter away from Coors Field who will turn 31 in July, I would rather see Dodgers re-sign Dozier for one year than give LeMahieu a 2 or 3 year deal worth a MLBTR projected $9MM AAV.

  3. Clint – what is NODH writing about here? Should this be posted?
    “Hey what’s up jagoff I got MLB.com secret comment section shutdown lol I outed all of you.”

  4. Personally, I would give Dosier another chance. Let’s see what he can do when healthy… I like his demeanor, he fits in well, unlike loogiebear!

  5. I would also give Dozier another chance, but his asking price might be too high but not sure. DJ would be an OK fit ,especially if he can indeed lead off. He has good defensive skills as well. Not sure I would want Taylor or Hernandez at 2nd base, but then again they are platoon players so wss.

  6. I’d prefer Gennett, but the price is probably too steep, if he is available at all. So DJ would be a fine upgrade. We do not need both Hernandez and Taylor at that point, and could package one of them with Wood and Pederson (and maybe one more good prospect) to get a top starter to team with Kershaw, and the kids. Sell Hill and Kemp for the best group of prospects you can find (throwing $5 Million in with Kemp). That, along with Grandal’s salary and the $2M/year being saved on Clayton’s new deal, and add the room you already have under the new cap, and you have about $61 Million cap space for Harper, your new starter, and Lemahieu. Lemahieu will be around $10 Million, the starter about $12 Million over the salaries you gave up trading for him (Kluber’s salary for 2019 is $16M), and that leaves $39M for Harper, who is asking for $35-$40M. You are under the caop and uyour lineup is Barnes/rookie catcher, Bellinger/Muncie, Lemahieu, Seager, Turner, Harper, Verdugo/Bellinger, and Puig. Rotation is Kershaw, Kluber-quality starter, Beruhler, Spripling, and Urias. Maeda in the bullpen. The only “holes” are additional bullpen help and a catcher, but we do have the best catching prospects in baseball.

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