(New York) The New York Yankees awarded a six-year contract worth $ 90 million to American League hitter DJ LeMahieu on Wednesday and granted right-hander Corey Kluber 11 million to make his acquisition.
The Yankees have also hired underwater ball specialist Darren O’Day for a season and 2.5 million.
As a result of the signings, which come on top of Sunday’s deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought right-hander Jameson Taillon to New York, the Yankees achieved many of the goals they set for themselves after elimination. for the team against the Tampa Bay Rays in the last playoffs.
LeMahieu, who turns 33 in July, became the first player in history to win the batting championship in both leagues. The second baseman won the American League title last season with a .364 batting average. He earned this title in the National League in 2016, while playing with the Colorado Rockies.
A three-time all-star guest, LeMahieu joined the Yankees in January 2019 after signing a $ 24 million two-season deal.
On the condensed 2020 schedule, he hit 10 home runs and got 27 RBIs, after posting a .327 batting average with 26 long balls and 102 RBIs in his first season in New York.
LeMahieu began his Majors career in 2011 with the Chicago Cubs, before being traded to the Rockies. The three-time Golden Glove recipient maintained a .305 batting average with 85 homers and 478 RBIs in 10 seasons.
Kluber, who won the Cy Young Trophy in the American in 2014 and 2017, won 56 games between 2016 and 2018 with the Cleveland Indians. However, he missed most of the 2019 season with an injury.
Traded at the end of the season to the Texas Rangers, Kluber tore a muscle in his right shoulder in his first game with the team on July 26, which ended his season after just one set.
Kluber, who turns 35 on April 10, has also been named to the All-Star team three times, maintaining a 98-58 record, an earned-run average of 3.16 in 10 seasons, including his nine premieres with the Indians.
He joins a group of Yankees pitchers led by Gerrit Cole, which should also include Deivi García, southpaw Jordan Montgomery and Taillon.
A 13-season Major Baseball veteran, O’Day has maintained an earned-run average of 2.51, with 600 strikeouts and 158 walks in career 576 2/3 innings.
He will replace Adam Ottavino, who the Yankees ceded to the Boston Red Sox on Monday to reduce their payroll by 7.15 million.
The agreement includes option clauses at the discretion of both parties for the 2022 season. It will be formalized if the medical examinations prove to be conclusive.