Yankees second basemen DJ LeMahieu led off Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays with a home run, marking the 28th consecutive game in which the Yankees have homered. That sets a new major league record, breaking a tie with the 2002 Rangers. Aaron Judge would follow up with a homer of his own, going back-to-back with LeMahieu, giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.
In the 27 games prior to Tuesday’s action, the Yankees were collectively hitting .267/.340/.469 with 47 homers and 158 RBI. Their overall average of 5.58 runs per game is third-best in baseball behind the Twins (5.71) and Rockies (5.59), a big reason why they entered the night as one of three teams to have crossed the 50-win plateau.
Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.
Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.
The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.
Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.