LeMahieu has until Nov. 11 to decide if he will accept or decline the offer, valued at one year and $18.9 million. LeMahieu is expected to reject the offer, as the 32-year-old seeks a multiyear contract in free agency. LeMahieu is coming off a successful run in pinstripes, having earned $24 million over two years.
In 50 games in 2020, LeMahieu paced the Majors with a .364 batting average while leading the American League in on-base percentage (.421), OPS (1.011) and OPS+ (177). LeMahieu, who led the National League in hitting while with the Rockies in '16, has expressed his desire to remain in New York.
“I want to stay here. I’ve said that a few times,” LeMahieu said in September. “I thought I was going to stay in Colorado, and I didn’t. I’m hoping to be back here. You just never know how it goes."
If LeMahieu signs with another club, the Yankees would receive a compensatory pick in next year’s MLB Draft.
The Yankees did not extend a qualifying offer to right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday. Tanaka was 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 10 starts for New York this past season, during which he would have earned $23 million had the schedule not been shortened.
Free-agent left-handers J.A. Happ and James Paxton also did not receive qualifying offers.