Dodgers News and Notes: Latest DJ LeMahieu Rumors, More

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Hello and Happy Monday baseball fans! We are still in the middle of a quiet Hot Stove season, and there are still rumors surrounding DJ LeMahieu and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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.

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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.

15 thoughts on “Dodgers News and Notes: Latest DJ LeMahieu Rumors, More

  1. Congrats to Mookie and Max. I wish them nothing but the best. This offseason seems even slower than last year. There is virtually no news. Other than the Padre and Mets trades, no big stars have signed anywhere new. Bauer is on Twitter almost every day. Lots of rumors, but most of the action is centered around the Asian leagues and guys signed to minor league deals. The D-Backs signed 7 guys today. Old friend Manny Ramirez was released by the team he had signed with in the Austrailian League. He had been injured and not able to play, and there is some concern as to how they are going to deal with the Pandemic. Dodger Stadium has become a huge vaccination center. Worse traffic than trying to get out of there after a game.

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  2. Seems like DJLM for five years, is a year to long, And JT at four years is two years too long. In this economic climate, I don’t think either one of them is going to get The deals they are looking for.

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    1. Don’t be too sure about LeMahieu Keith. Just reported that the White Sox are signing Hendriks for 3 years/$54MM. That’s a very hefty contract and probably pushes up what some of the other premier free agents will be getting.

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  3. 15 Mil of that deal can be spread out over 10 years. Sounds like creative financing to me. I think AF is going to stick to his MO and keep the contracts as short and sweet as possible. I honestly think Turner needs to rethink his position because I doubt very seriously that any team is giving him a 4 year deal unless it is 3 with an option. I also believe he is thinking trade more than free agent at this point. He has some pieces at the mid level other teams might be willing to receive in return for a player. I think the longer this goes on, the more likely Turner is gone.

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    1. You’re right Bear, very creative financing, considering that the fourth year and the buyout are one and the same, 15 mil, at least that’s how I understand it. So the only reason the team wouldn’t pick up the option (it’s a team option) would be to save a roster spot if they weren’t planning to play him.

      I believe the extended payout on the 15 mil only applies if they don’t exercise the option. If he’s part of the roster he gets the amount in the year he plays. Anyway, very creative.

      I’ll be very interested to see what Hand signs for. I think the Hendriks contract pushes Hand’s price up. Not saying he’ll get an AAV of 10 mil but I think he might see something like 2/18 or 3/25 which isn’t bad for a guy nobody wanted to pay 10 mil for one year. Of course I could be totally wrong but I could easily see Steve Cohen giving him a contract like that.

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      1. I read something like that on MLBTR. He should get something close to those numbers. I do not think he will get 10 mil a year. but at least a 2 year deal.

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  4. I’ll concede DJLM has a lot better chance of getting five years, than JT has of getting four years. I still think owners, over all, are going to be stingy with their payrolls this season. Maybe it will be the middle class that takes the hit, but a bunch of guys are going to play 2021 for less than they want. IMO

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  5. Just got back from NorCal, visiting my daughter, and my 30 month old, and my Four month old grandsons. Being around those little guys is the greatest thing in the world, heck the world could have been crumbling away, and wouldn’t have cared. I sang roger miller’s “ you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd “ to them, and they both were laughing so much, I could have died a happy man right then.😀
    I’ll bet bear knows that song😀

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    1. When times are like these Keith, it’s important to identify what makes you happy. Grandkids are a huge part of that. Good show!

      Used to love that song plus a bunch of others that Miller did. Enjoyed the way he used lyrics.

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    2. You are a very lucky man. Times like that remind us that an extra elite reliever in the 2021 Dodger bullpen isn’t all that important in the big scheme of things.

      Your four month old Grandson must be a genius or a modern day Ludwig van Beethoven.

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  6. No boxout, I think he just likes to giggle when I sing, and smile at him. No genius genes in this branch of the family. He may not be a genius but he lights up the room when he giggles😀

    I know it’s not baseball but I enjoyed myself so much, I thought I’d share.

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  7. Jeff, my uncle use to sing that song at get togethers when I was a kid, and I always remembered it. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was a kid, so Mom, Dad and their friends would get a case of beer or two, get out their guitars and play music all night on saturdays. Good memories.

    Now my two and a half year old grandson says “ papa sing the buffalo song”

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Keith. Made my day.
      Those people with the best memories are the riches of all.
      Those who only think about accumulating more money and more power don’t have a clue.

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