One of the major themes of MLB free agency this winter has been the snail-like pace in which the market has moved for players seeking contracts. With just over a month before players report to spring training, many of the top free agents have yet to be signed.
Included in that group is DJ LeMahieu, who's reportedly grown tired of the Yankees' slow-play tactics and plans to re-engage interested teams.
According to a story by Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, LeMahieu is seeking a contract similar to Josh Donaldson's four-year, $92 million contract with the Twins from a year ago or JD Martinez's five-year, $110 million contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2018 season.
Since the Yankees have yet to meet that price and are taking their time with the two-time batting champion, LeMahieu has asked his representatives to engage with other teams, including the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Red Sox, among others.
Not explicitly listed in Brown's story are the Nationals, who have a need at second and third base and were linked to LeMahieu earlier in the offseason. However, Washington was reportedly expected to "spread their money around" rather than go all-in on one free agent.
On Saturday, the Nationals filled their hole in left field by signing Kyle Schwarber to a one-year, $10 million contract. It's unclear how interested in LeMahieu they are at this point in free agency, but the Mets, Braves and Dodgers' involvement could interest them in taking a swing on the 32-year-old.
Last season with the Yankees, LeMahieu posted a .364/.421/.590 slash line with 10 home runs and 27 RBI, helping him finsih third in A.L. MVP voting. He's finished top-five in MVP voting in the last two seasons.