Report: Dodgers, Twins, Nationals have preliminary talks with LeMahieu

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DJ LeMahieu's market appears to be taking shape.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, and Washington Nationals have all reportedly had at least preliminary discussions with the free-agent Gold Glove second baseman, according to Jon Morosi of

LeMahieu has spent the vast majority of his eight-year career with the Rockies. He helped Colorado reach the playoffs twice and won a batting title in 2016. The 30-year-old is best known for his glovework, though, as evidenced by his three Gold Glove awards, including one this past season; in 2018, his 18 defensive runs saved and 11.0 ultimate zone rating led all second basemen.

Despite owning the one batting crown, LeMahieu's career home-road splits are dramatically tilted in favor of Coors Field, where the thin air has seemingly inflated his offensive stats.

Home .330 .835 21 201 143 166/263
Road .264 .673 28 148 100 112/314

All three interested teams have potential openings at second base. The Dodgers, in particular, could use a steady hand at the keystone after starting eight different players at the position in 2018. Their second basemen were worth a combined minus-0.9 WAR last year, per Fangraphs, the worst total production at the position in the league.

Washington, meanwhile, doesn't have a clear-cut starter at second right now. Veteran Howie Kendrick, who missed most of last season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in May, would appear to be the front-runner for the job ahead of backup infielders Wilmer Difo and Adrian Sanchez.

The Twins may be eyeing LeMahieu as a shorter-term solution before highly regarded prospect Nick Gordon is ready to take over full time. Gordon was recently added to the team's 40-man roster and could make his big-league debut at some point next season.

This past season, LeMahieu appeared in 128 games for the Rockies and hit .276/.321/.428 (88 OPS+) with 15 home runs, 62 RBIs, and six stolen bases. He went just 3-for-15 over the Rockies' four postseason contests.

Report: Dodgers, Twins, Nationals have preliminary talks with LeMahieu
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