Ken Rosenthal's latest entry in the offseason blog at FOX Sports says that he believes Scott Boras will likely use Bobby Abreu's two-year, $19MM contract as a baseline for fellow 36-year-old outfielder Johnny Damon.
Damon put up a career year in his age 35 season, belting out 24 home runs en route to a line of .284/.365/.489. And, as Rosenthal is careful to point out, while Damon did play in the homer-happy Yankee Stadium, he also posted a career high OPS+ of 126, a stat which is adjusted to both league and home park.
Damon and Abreu both offer a good mix of speed and power, though they both have the same weakness – subpar defense in the outfield. If the Yankees are looking to bring back Damon on a one- or two-year deal, as we've heard in the past, they may have to open their wallets a little wider than originally thought. Should teams back away from a price tag that high, or is Damon worth that type of money? Fangraphs valued Damon's production this season at $13.6MM, and $16.4MM in 2008.