DJ LeMahieu is more interested in chasing after a World Series title than he is about chasing dollar signs.
The newly re-signed Yankees slugger made that point clear when he held a press conference Thursday afternoon a day after the team made his new six-year deal official. News that the two sides had struck a deal was first reported on Jan. 15.
“It was frustrating at times because it took so long, but I’m so excited to be back,” LeMahieu said of returning to the Bronx. “That’s what I wanted from the beginning, it’s what I wanted all along. Just couldn’t be more excited. I’m just happy it all worked out.”
It worked out great for the Yankees as they return arguably their most valuable player from the last two seasons on a team-friendly six-year, $90 million (annual average salary of $15M) deal despite interest from several other teams, including the Blue Jays.
And the Yankees made it clear that returning LeMahieu — now a two-time batting champion — to the mix was priority No. 1 this offseason.