The Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged yet again as a frontrunner for a marquee free agent bat. Remember back in November when the Dodgers were reported to have emerging interest in former Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu? Now, that interest appears to have grown.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported on Thursday night that Los Angeles is honing in on LeMahieu, with the Giants also in pursuit.
DJ LeMahieu signing with the Rays appears very unlikely, according to a source. Several teams interested, but some rival execs believe the Dodgers are the frontrunners for the second baseman. Giants are also in play as the continue to listen to offers for Joe Panik.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 11, 2019
We have talked about the Dodgers being in on many right-handed bats due to their shortage of them in the everyday lineup. Still, LeMahieu is an interesting case.
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). Without doubt, the home and road splits are a red flag for concern. LeMahieu does not offer much in the way of position versatility – appearing in 892 of his career 941 games at second base.
This move would figure to slide Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez to the outfield with regularity. If you’re the Los Angeles front office, do you pull the trigger on this move?
It will be interesting to see the dollar amount that LeMahieu commands. Furthermore, it would be great to be a fly on the wall in the Dodgers’ front office right now. One is fair to wonder what kind of upgrade that LeMahieu provides in those eyes. Chavez Ravine in all it’s beauty is not the hitter’s haven that Coors Field is.
This is a storyline worth keeping a pulse on.
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