The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams on DJ LeMahieu’s list of destinations but might have a tough time beating out the New York Mets and Yankees.
If the Toronto Blue Jays want to pry away a big free agent from the Big Apple, they might have to find a way to make it worth it.
According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, DJ LeMahieu is strongly considering a return with the New York Yankees but also has the Mets close on his list of potential destinations. While it seems like Toronto isn’t the favourite to land the back-to-back Silver Slugger Award winner.
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LeMahieu finished third in AL MVP voting after slashing .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs in 50 games. He also brings a capable glove at second base as a three-time Gold Glove winner.
What appears to be going against Toronto is that LeMahieu seems intent on staying in the Big Apple. While the Yankees have the advantage considering his familiarity with the team but the Mets are an intriguing team since they have $24-million freed up from Robinson Cano being suspended for the 2021 season.
Considering the 32-year-old rejected the Yankees $18.9-million qualifying offer, it’s going to take much more than that to get LeMahieu signed. On numerous occasions, general manager Ross Atkins said the team was looking to add an impact free agent.
LeMahieu isn’t the only infielder the Blue Jays have their sights set on as Kolten Wong is reportedly a target to help their infield defence. He doesn’t have the offensive upside but considering how much he would cost, it would be a decent secondary option.
Of course, the team still has Cavan Biggio and Andrelton Simmons is another name that continues to be discussed. Ha-Seong Kim is also a potential wild card if he gets posted.
Whether or not the Blue Jays can convince LeMahieu to leave New York might be a tough stretch based on the latest rumours. However, it might not be all doom and gloom.
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