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Reaction to the Yankees signing DJ LeMahieu was swift and brutal

Fans longing for an announcement that the Yankees had signed coveted free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were bitterly disappointed, and they spoke out.

DJ LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies hits a double in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

News that the Yankees had agreed to a two-year $24 million contract with DJ LeMahieu came out of nowhere. The team hadn’t even been linked to the infielder through rumors, and then all of a sudden, he was a Yankee.

Since fans waited with bated breath for an announcement that the Yankees had signed coveted free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, it wasn’t surprising that most were bitterly disappointed with the LeMahieu deal. The most recommended comments on Pinstripe Alley’s breaking news story on the signing were overwhelmingly negative:

Some fans were down on LeMahieu as a player, while others were clearly dismayed that the Yankees chose to exceed the luxury tax line to sign him, rather than a superstar like Machado or Harper. It is clear that there is a lot of pent-up frustration surrounding the Yankees’ controversial austerity measures, their tepid approach to this winter’s top free agents, and bewilderment that the front office is not doing more to improve the roster in order to overtake the defending champion Red Sox.

The media, on the other hand, took a more even-keeled approach to the LeMahieu deal. Many were quick to point out what the infielder has accomplished and what he might bring to the Yankees in 2019:

Still, references to Machado were inescapable. Understandable, considering fans clearly care less about the LeMahieu signing than they do about how the event may potentially impact efforts to put Machado in pinstripes:

Unfortunately, not all fans remain optimistic about Machado calling the Bronx home in 2019:

Stay tuned, friends. I’m not going to give up hope on Harper and Machado donning the pinstripes this season unless and until they sign elsewhere.