The San Diego Padres have been quite aggressive over the past couple of days. Clearly, they want to put their woes in the past and become the team to beat in Major League Baseball, making a couple of huge moves lately.
The Friars traded for a couple of aces in Yu Darvish and Blake Snell while also signing Asian star Ha-seong Kim. Needless to say, that means that their rivals must do whatever it takes to get the momentum back on their side.
That's why, according to Dodgers insider David Vassegh, the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to sign free-agent DJ LeMahieu to try and 'counter' the moves recently made by their revamped divisional rival.
Los Angeles Dodgers Have Been In Touch With DJ LeMahieu
“Andrew did say at the beginning of the winter that he would like to add a right-handed bat, and from what I’m hearing, DJ LeMahieu is on their radar. They are definitely in talks with LeMahieu," Vassegh said, as quoted by MLB.com.
It's worth noting that DJ LeMahieu is reportedly interested in going back to the New York Yankees. Nonetheless, both sides have been far apart in terms of reaching an agreement for a new deal.
LeMahieu reportedly wants to sign a 5-year, $100 million contract, while the Yankees are wary about giving such a long-term contract to an aging player. Now, the Dodgers might swoop in and win his sweepstakes.
Adding LeMahieu to an already overpowered team would certainly do wonders for the reigning World Series champions, as they also feature one of the best pitching rotations in Major League Baseball.
As for the Padres, it's clear that they won't hesitate to pull the trigger and continue surrounding Fernando Tatís Jr with as much talent as he needs to get this team over the hump, and we just can't wait until opening day to see how their new roster looks like.