Star player DJ LeMahieu has decided to decline the New York Yankees’ qualifying offer and will thus become available to the highest bidder on Wednesday.
This is what the MLB.com site said. The 32-year-old will not accept the Bronx Bombers’ one-year, $ 18.9 million offer. If they come to an agreement with another organization in the free agent market, the New York team may receive compensatory draft picks.
LeMahieu found himself in a similar situation two years ago, after seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies. He had initialed a two-year, $ 24 million deal with the Yankees.
In 2020, he was a finalist for the American League Baseball MVP, dominating the majors with a .364 batting average. The two-time Silver Stick recipient totaled 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 50 games.