The star free agent is reportedly tired of waiting around for the New York Yankees to commit to a contract, and is said to have told his agent to re-engage talks with other teams that are interested, one of those being the Dodgers. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported this Sunday evening:
The 32-year-old LeMahieu has, therefore, asked his representatives to re-engage with teams that have previously shown the most interest, the source said, among them the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, and to reconnect with teams that reached out early in the free agent period, including the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and others. LeMahieu expects to meet virtually with several teams this week, according to the source, that are seeking to fill holes at second or third base.
The feeling around baseball is that LeMahieu and the Yankees are each other’s first choice, but they are not close on their numbers. The All-Star infielder is asking for five years, $125 million. The Yankees are reportedly willing to go four years and their conversations have stalled.
Whether the Dodgers use this to their advantage remains to be seen. Jon Heyman reported on Monday the Dodgers’ interest remains in LeMahieu, but that their first choice still is Justin Turner. The issue of Turner wanting four years and the Dodgers only wanting to give two still lingers.
On Sunday, Clayton Kershaw, along with many other players in the Dallas area, including former Dodger Matt Kemp, braved the elements to distribute items to people. The Player’s Alliance is a group of more than 100 Black professional baseball players that work to create change and equality in the game.
Kershaw was on MLB Network this morning to talk about the experience.
“They’re helping communities that need help, feeding them and giving baseball equipment to kids that might not have baseball equipment… how can you not be on board with that?”Clayton Kershaw to MLB Network
Congratulations are going out to two Dodger players embarking on a new journey in life.
Over the weekend, Mookie Betts announced that he had proposed to his long time girlfriend and they are now engaged to be married. Mookie and his “MVP,” Brianna Hammonds, have been together since they were 15 years old and have a daughter together.
There will be a new member for the Dodgers family come July. Max Muncy and his wife Kelly have announced that they are pregnant and expecting a little bundle this coming summer.