New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu, who recently secured the second batting title of his career, has already set his sights on the future - and it doesn't include wearing a different uniform in 2021.
"I want to stay here. I’ve said that a few times," LeMahieu said, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "You never know how it goes. I thought I was going to stay in Colorado and I didn’t. So, obviously, I’m hoping to be back here. You just never know how it goes."
The 32-year-old signed a two-year, $24-million contract with the Yankees before the 2019 season. He's outperformed that salary and then some.
After he hit a robust .327/.375/.518 with 26 home runs in his first year in pinstripes, he finished the 2020 season with an AL-leading .359 batting average. LeMahieu previously won the NL batting title with the Colorado Rockies in 2016 when he hit .348.
He's the only player to win a batting title in both leagues since Ed Delahanty led the NL in 1899 and the AL in 1902.
LeMahieu should have plenty of suitors this winter in a relatively thin free-agent crop headlined by J.T. Realmuto, Trevor Bauer, George Springer, Marcell Ozuna, and Marcus Semien.