Multiple teams are showing interest in free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu, and they aren't just organizations that play their home games in New York City.
MLB.com's Jon Morosi says that the Washington Nationals "are showing continued interest" in LeMahieu, adding that they had interest prior to the 2019 season, when he ultimately inked a two-year/$24 million deal with the Yankees. After winning the World Series in 2019, the Nationals slipped into a tie for last place in the National League East in 2020. Losing Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in consecutive offseasons limited the offensive thump outside of Juan Soto and Trea Turner. LeMahieu could play a mix of first and second base for the Nationals, with the possibility still existing that the DH returns to the National League in 2021.
Meanwhile, Ken Davidoff of The New York Post reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in signing LeMahieu away from the division-rival Yankees. That isn't a huge surprise given that Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors projected that LeMahieu would land in Toronto on a four-year/$68 million deal. The Blue Jays, after sneaking into the playoffs in 2020, seem to be casting a wide net in free agency. RADIO.COM MLB Insider Jon Heyman has previously reported that Toronto has interest in center fielders George Springer and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Of course, most believe that after winning a batting title for the Yankees in 2020, LeMahieu will return to the Bronx in some form. Brian Cashman and company do appear to be laying the groundwork for the possibility that LeMahieu departs, as they've show interest in free agent shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose signing would likely mean Gleyber Torres moves back to second. Still, there's no indication that LeMahieu isn't the No. 1 priority for the Yankees this winter.
What hangs over all of this now is that because of Robinson Canó's season-long PED suspension, the Mets have a need at the position now as well. A source told Davidoff that the Mets are the team that LeMahieu is second most interested in playing for, though we've yet to see that interest reciprocated. The Mets have $20 million coming off the books for Canó in 2021, so if Steve Cohen and company become serious players for LeMahieu, there could be four legitimate contenders for his services.