DJ LeMahieu is heading back to Yankees, so what now for Red Sox?


It was a nice little conversation to be had earlier this week when news trickled out that free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu wanted to reengage with some interested teams, such as the Red Sox.

But make no mistake about it, LeMahieu to the Red Sox was never going to happen.

According to multiple reports, the 32-year-old has agreed to terms with the Yankees on a six-year, $90 million deal.

The Red Sox certainly wasn't going to commit to those kind of years (and probably that kind of money) despite LeMahieu's excellence, the ability to fill a needed position while hitting leadoff, and the ability to dilute a rival's lineup.

So, where does that leave the Red Sox in regards to the second base spot?

We know that one plan was to fill the gap with South Korean infielder Ha-Seong Kim, who chose the Padres and their weather. There has also been rumblings that Marcus Semien is in the Sox' crosshairs.

Semien would be in an interesting -- albeit, expensive -- investment considering he not only immediately adds another premier bat to the Sox' lineup, but covers Boston at shortstop in case Xander Bogaerts chooses to opt-out of his contract after the 2022 season.

There are plenty of other free agent second base options still available, with Kolten Wong leading the pack. After Wong the names include Kike Hernandez, Tommy La Stella, Hanser Alberto and Jonathan Schoop. All (with the exception of Wong) would figure to be short-term solutions.

Right now, the starter would seemingly be Christian Arroyo, with Michael Chavis and Jonathan Arauz filling in. And while Jeter Downs is considered a second baseman going forward, it is believed he needs another year in the minors before integrating him into the bright lights of the big leagues.

And, of course, there is the trade route. (We threw out a deal for Kansas City's Whit Merrifield early it the offseason, which still makes a ton of sense.)

Really, the LeMahieu news doesn't push the Red Sox one way or another considering the consensus was this was the expected outcome. But it does highlight that Chaim Bloom and Co. have some work to do, while proving that Boston can still be a free agent destination.