Los Angeles Angels: Pass or pursue on 5 marquee free agents
By Daniel Preciado
Once a contact hitting second baseman for the Colorado Rockies, LeMahieu has now left the New York Yankees as an All-Star caliber offensive player that can play three positions. A lot of the advanced statistics pointed to a potential LeMahieu breakout before the Yankees grabbed him on the cheap, but it came to fruition. LeMahieu rejected his qualifying offer from the Yankees this week as expected and that should be music to the ears of Angels ownership.
LeMahieu is already 32 years old, but it appears that he is just entering his offensive prime as he just learned how to put the ball in the air. The utility man batted .364 in 50 games for the Yankees in 2020 after a year where he batted .327. Across 195 games in a Yankees uniform, LeMahieu also hit 36 home runs. This could be a small product of Yankee Stadium type of deal, but he still has improved mightily at the plate.
A reasonable slash line expectation for LeMahieu should be something in the range of .320/.400/.500. That’s an All-Star and the Angels could use him.
Verdict: Pursue (3 years, $66 million)