Pitchng remains a priority, with finding another outfielder following right behind,. But when it comes to the Red Sox' offseason, there is another position that offers some intrigue -- second base.
The Red Sox seem intent on riding out the market a bit when determining how aggressive they will be when finding their next second baseman, having shown some interest in free agent Marcus Semien along with Ha-Seong Kim (who recently agreed to terms with the Padres).
Now comes word the the premier free agent at the position DJ LeMahieu is open to reengaging with teams that showed interest in him early in the offseason — such as the Red Sox — after talks with his preferred destination (the Yankees) stalled.
Yahoo! Sports reports that the frustration regarding negotiations with New York is leading him to other interested parties, with the Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Braves and Cardinals all mentioned.
The report states that the 32-year-old LeMahieu is seeking a deal better than Josh Donaldson’s four-year, $92 million contract and no worse than the five-year, $110 million contract J.D. Martinez is currently playing under.
LeMahieu’s preference throughout the offseason has clearly been to return to the Yankees, who have reportedly fallen at least $25 million short of the second baseman’s asking price.
It is no leap of faith to suggest that LeMahieu would be a good fit for the Red Sox considering his defensive acumen, presence as one of the game’s top hitters and the ability to hit atop the batting order.
After hitting .327 with an ,.893 OPS in his first year with the Yankees in 2019, LeMahieu led the American League in hitting with a .364 batting average, .421 on-base percentage and 1.011 OPS in 50 games last year.
The primary second base option for the Red Sox currently is Christian Arroyo, with Michael Chavis also serving as an option. Prospect Jeter Downs is thought to be a year away from entering in the big-league conversation.