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    DJ LeMahieu agrees to join Yankees on two-year, $24M contract

    DJ LeMahieu has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

    LeMahieu will join the Yankees after seven impressive seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 National League batting title.

    The 30-year-old ranked as one of the best defensive players in the National League in 2018 and led all major leaguers -- at any position -- in defensive regression analysis. Offensively, 6-foot-4 LeMahieu is known as a slap hitter who regularly goes to the opposite field, batting .276 with 15 home runs, 62 RBIs, 90 runs and 6 stolen bases last season.

    LeMahieu's offensive production in Colorado is subject to the usual dissection. His overall numbers are skewed by his .329/.386/.447 career slash line at Coors Field. But over the past two seasons, he has hit 16 of his 23 homers on the road. And he hit .303 on the road in 2016 and .294 in 2017 before dipping to .229 away from Coors last season.

    LeMahieu, a second-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, has a .298 career batting average with 49 home runs, 349 RBIs, 501 runs scored and 75 stolen bases since entering the majors in 2011.