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MLB rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers pursuing Yankees’ star DJ LeMahieu in free agency

MLB free agents: D.J. LeMahieu
August 25, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning in an MLB Players’ Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers finally snapper their postseason woes, winning the World Series. Now, with the San Diego Padres loading up this offseason, Los Angeles could be eyeing a blockbuster move of its own.

Amid a quiet MLB offseason, with all of the top free-agent talent still available, the Dodgers could take advantage of a slow market. Specifically, adding to an already great lineup with one of the best hitters in the game today.

MLB rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers showing interest in DJ LeMahieu

DJ LeMahieu is the top free-agent hitter available this offseason, coming off an incredible stretch of play with the New York Yankees. After proving himself as one of MLB’s best players in each of the past two seasons, LeMahieu is poised to cash in this offseason.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing continued interest in signing LeMahieu this offseason.

One of the Dodgers’ greatest strengths is its infield, with World Series MVP Corey Seager at shortstop, rising star Will Smith at catcher and top prospect Gavin Lux at second base. However, third baseman Justin Turner hit the open market this offseason and there’s a chance he departs in free agency.

While Turner has been an integral part of the team’s success since 2016, posting a .830-plus OPS in each of his past seven seasons, the 36-year-old third baseman doesn’t compare to LeMahieu. Not only is LeMahieu a strong defender at second base, but his numbers also tower over Turner’s stats.

  • DJ LeMahieu stats (2019-20): 195 games – .336/.386/.536, 36 home runs, 150 runs, 129 RBIs and 146 wRC+
  • Justin Turner stats (2019-’20): 177 games – .294/.378/.498, 31 home runs, 106 runs, 90 RBIs and 134 wRC+

Related: Why DJ LeMahieu shouldn’t be New York Yankees No. 1 offseason priority

LeMahieu, who turns 33 in July, is reportedly seeking a five-year contract worth around $125 million. It’s a figure the Yankees aren’t willing to meet, leading the star second baseman to pursue other suitors.

Coming off consecutive All-MLB First Team selections, LeMahieu joining the Los Angeles Dodgers would be an example of the rich getting richer. In a 60-game season, the Dodgers led MLB in runs (349), home runs (118) and ranked second in OPS (.821).

Los Angeles could also be feeling pressure in the NL West. With the San Diego Padres adding Blake Snell, Yu Darvish and signing Korean infielder Ha-seong Kim, they are a legitimate World Series threat in 2021.