Damon Remains Unlikely For Yankees

Buster Olney of ESPN and Joel Sherman of the New York Post find a Johnny Damon-Yankees reunion unlikely.

Both writers say Damon would have to greatly reduce his salary demands.  According to Sherman, the Yankees are telling agents they have only $2MM to spend.  Both writers also agree that Brian Cashman would have to lobby Hal Steinbrenner to expand the budget to accomodate Damon.  Sherman says a July trade for Mike Cameron was scrapped because Hal would not approve a $5.5MM increase.

In the likely event the Yanks move on from Damon, Sherman ranks the team's targets: Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Marcus Thames.


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89 Comments on "Damon Remains Unlikely For Yankees"


pmc765
5 years 6 months ago

The Bankees are just posturing. Damon doesn’t fit anywhere else. He’ll be in pinstripes come spring…at the team’s price but more than $2M.

What you are reading is a classic example of using the media to send messages to Boras. The Yankees are getting better at it, and don’t absolutely have to have Damon.

No team that plays in a normal sized yard is going to sign Damon to play the outfield. In NY he can play left at home and DH a lot on the road in bigger parks. He’ll only play 120 games anyway.

Damon’s a Yank until proven otherwise: the only consolation for us Yankee haters is watching the beat-down Boras is taking.

lemonjello
5 years 6 months ago

Left field at Yankee stadium is actually fairly big, and not super easy to play. It’s right field that’s very small.

5 years 6 months ago

Yep, it has been regarded as the most difficult left field in all of baseball because the sun and wind always trick OF’s, there are a fair share of difficult left fields like at Fenway because of the Green Monster, but even Manny, a not so good outfielder, tamed the monster :p.

jdskinny
5 years 6 months ago

I agree that Damon is a yankee for the rest of time, and that $2 mil budget is nonsense. I’ve said it on other boards: the Yanks should pass on Damon and pick up Hairston Jr. and Reed Johnson for Damon’s price tag. Unless JD wants to come back for a year and $6 or $7 mil, I say forget him.

jdub96
5 years 6 months ago

I would like Hal Steinbrenner to please explain why he is compelled to be cheap now with Damon. Clearly he is the best option available for the Yankees LF situation. I was totally on board with not giving Damon a 3-year deal, but why not give him 1 year at $7 mil like Matsui with the Angels, with a team option for 2011? The Yankees will regret not resigning Damon come midseason, then have to overpay at the tradeline in prospects.

fonzog28
5 years 6 months ago

I thought the Yankees offer Damon a 1 year $ 7 million dollars contract

Septhinox
5 years 6 months ago

The Yankees offered Damon a contract like that but he balked.

Septhinox
5 years 6 months ago

The Yankees offered Damon a contract like that but he balked.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Damon needs to play in the NL.. I think he fits perfect for the Braves. ATL could really use him now that they have to deal with “Drama City” Troy Glaus. “I cant hit the ball cuz I cant see.. my eyes keep watering.. Can I barrow your sunglasses”

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

wow, bitter much?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah.. when you get a guy and pay him millions of dollars to make up excuses rather then admit he just can hit anymore and needs work on his batting you start to get frustrated. Trust me.. when he is not performing make sure you listen closely to his post game interview excuses. There are spectacular.

LTDm206
5 years 6 months ago

I hope Damon goes to the Braves. I’d also die a little inside to see Rocco in pinstripes. He grew up in RI after all!

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

he won’t, the Braves are done making big moves.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Damon to the Braves just isn’t going to happen. Diaz augmented by Melky in LF is better defensively, cheaper, healthier, with about the same speed, OBP and power.

Diaz and Melky > Damon

…at this point in their careers.

csg
5 years 6 months ago

diaz + damon > melky

5 years 6 months ago

Melky + Damon > Diaz

Brad426
5 years 6 months ago

E=MC2

minnesotawins
5 years 6 months ago

this seems like a bluff, there’s no way any of those aforementioned players will be getting regular at bats for the yankees next year.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

I’m absolutely satisfied with what the Yanks have invested in their team of late. $200 mil is a ton of money and the team doesn’t have any major, glaring holes nor should they with their payroll. However, if they feel that Gardner isn’t adequate in LF (not putting words in their mouths) and Damon can be had for 1/$7 mil then they really shouldn’t let $5 mil get in the way of bringing him back if he’s willing to accept that kind of deal. Again, not saying they NEED him, but if his soffensive contributions out weigh his defensive liabilities and he can be had for 1/$7 mil then Cash needs to go beg for a few million more. If not, then go ahead and sign Hairston and/or Randy Winn and call it a day.

whitesoxfan424
5 years 6 months ago

Man, I would love to see Damon on the ChiSox with the short porches. Just rotate the DH and corner OF.

pierre LF/RF
damon LF/DH
quentin RF/DH
konerko 1B
pierzinski C
beckham 2B
ramirez SS
rios CF
teahan 3B

Ain’t going to happen though.

5 years 6 months ago

I wish there were a dislike button for this one. SOX aren’t gonna pay an aging veteren with terrible defense to join a team with too many outfielders as it is. Dumb!

whitesoxfan424
5 years 6 months ago

Congrats dude for reading the “Ain’t going to happen though.” to end the post. I forgot that it’s “Dumb!” to have an opinion…

5 years 6 months ago

It’s not dumb to have an opinion, it’s dumb to have a bad opinion! =) As a sox fan, I would think you’d want Thome back for DH rather than bringing in another overpaid, fading veteren with no defense. Didn’t you guys get rid of a player like that named Jermaine Dye?

whitesoxfan424
5 years 6 months ago

Although Thome still has great power and a good OBP, he’s slow and has cronic back problems. Damon is still very fast, consistantly healthy and a good hitter, while allow the sox flexibility in doing Ozzie’s rotating DH. Dye is RH and we need a good lefty. If the sox didn’t have Kotsay and Jones, damon would definitely be in play for the sox and would fit in great, a two year deal would be fine with me. But with Scotty Boras and his contract demands.. no thanks

whitesoxfan424
5 years 6 months ago

allowing**

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

If he is up to a Abreu deal, I don’t see how the Braves can hide away from 5 mil. Likewise, I don’t see how the Yankees shy away from a 6 mil. deal to get his type of production in their field. Either way, I see the Giants signing him. His HR’s Away and Home are a bit scarey.

nycalexs26
5 years 6 months ago

The giants arent going to sign damon. He a liability on field he a aging veteran with no arm.The yankees will sign him .

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

So, are there any possible suitors out there other than Balt. and Braves?

5 years 6 months ago

Yankees only have 2 Million to spend…..Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight and I’m a tibetan monk!

NYYANKEES
5 years 6 months ago

I think its more like they don’t want to go over $200 million payroll

5 years 6 months ago

What would be the reason for this? Is there some sort of second luxury for going over 200M that no one knows about? It just seems like typical yankee posturing.

withpower
5 years 6 months ago

I believe the luxury tax is calculated on a team’s payroll based on the average annual value of their total payroll. What I mean is, Curtis Granderson will cost more in his upcoming years on his deal than he will in 2010, however, his effect on the luxury tax will remain the same because they basically take his total contract value and divide it by the number of seasons he is under contract and that number is his average annual value.

The team’s payroll for 2010 is like somewhere around $206MM plus change, BEFORE LUXURY TAX. So when you factor in the luxury tax, as the Yankees ALWAYS do within their internal budgeting, their payroll is much higher. So it isn’t a matter of a special “200 million” addition to the luxury tax — the team already pays the maximum amount possible on their payroll because of how many years they have been over the luxury tax in previous seasons. It’s a matter of that $206MM plus whatever the luxury tax comes to being the maximum dollar figure that ownership is willing to spend, regardless if ownership’s reason is increased profits, breaking even, or just losing less money.

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 6 months ago

How is the Monk business these days?

5 years 6 months ago

6M for the Yanks is actually 8.4M bcus of the luxury tax.

jgmaynard
5 years 6 months ago

As a Red Sox fan, I hope the Yankees DO decide to get Rocco – the man has a WAR of -1, averaged over the last three years. In other words, they are likely to win one less game over the season with Rocco there than with a “AAAA” player.

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 6 months ago

So the Yankees will only win 102 games is what your saying?

mochajoe
5 years 6 months ago

I wonder if Damon ends up signing for less than Nick Johnson

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Damon could also go to Baltimore.. they didnt get Holliday so on to the next right?

trustingtheprocess09
5 years 6 months ago

Didn’t Damon say during the year that the Yankees know how to treat its star players and how the organization treated those players better than the Red Sox and that’s why he likes where he’s at. The Yankees would never treat him or Pedro or Nomar like they were run out of Boston. (I know I paraphrased, but someone help me out)

Kind of ironic and I wonder if he would stand by those comments now…

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

since when is Damon a star player?

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

The Yankees treated guys like Jeter, Posada, and Mo pretty well financially. Is it any surprise that Damon isn’t considered to be in the same boat as those other 3?

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

I think Damon might be in for a rude awakening. While he’s still capable he’s not the player he used to be and if he thinks that for one second that teams want to break the bank for him both he and Mr. Boras need a reality check.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

You would figure he would get the message by now. Dude is 36 and has horrible defense and arm, he got overpaid for 4 years with the Yankees at 13 million per season.

Boston was paying him about 8 million per year on average. So he made about 5 million plus per year over 4 years as a Yankee.

He sure got high on the hog, no wonder he fancies himself as being worth more than Vlad or Matsui. Damon is in for a reality check, he will be lucky to get 5 million ala Abreu last season. The same Abreu that was earning 16 million a season with the Yankees.

I for one am glad the Yankees showed no interest in playing Damon and Boras game and moved on from that arrogant prick Boras, about come with a multi year deal at the same salary or don’t bother.

5 years 6 months ago

Actually he earn his money very well during his 4 year contract

withpower
5 years 6 months ago

It isn’t posturing at all. The NYY have a hard budget. I’ll repeat that for the fans of other teams who just seem to repeat the same lines over and over: The NYY have a hard budget.

Damon was offered a fair contract. He rejected it. The money then went to Nick Johnson and Javier Vasquez. Damon’s bat was already replaced with a better hitter, Curtis Granderson.

The players available this offseason are not great. They are mostly players who give teams no incentive to offer long, expensive contracts. The NYY are not going to allow themselves into a situation where they need to choose Randy Johnson over Carlos Beltran instead of signing both. The team now focuses its dollars on elite talent and uses it’s farm system aggressively to supply bullpen arms, develop elite talent, and as trade chips for difference-making major league players without affecting the major league roster.

The NYY are going to sign Reed Johnson or Jerry Hairston, or maybe Xavier Nady, and then they are going into the season with the clear-cut best team on paper. Games aren’t played on paper, so who knows how the season will turn out, but strictly on paper, the NYY are the best team in baseball.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

I would love for them to give Nady another chance. Hammering in the Bronx would be great to regain his confidence. That sounds like a book “Hammering in the Bronx”.

withpower
5 years 6 months ago

The risk with Nady is he is coming off his second Tommy John surgery. After he injured his arm last year and then rehabbed it, he made it like a week into the season before his elbow just blew up. The success rate of players returning from a second TJ surgery is around 30%. Even if he stayed healthy, he’s probably going to throw like Damon.

Nady doesn’t really get on base much, so his value is tied up in his SLG. If this elbow injury effects his ability to get around on a fastball, then he probably isn’t worth it.

HoneyNutIchiro
5 years 6 months ago

I think Damon can be the “Bobby Abreu” of 2010.

Some team is going to sign him for a 1 yr/5-7 million deal & get a good return.

Sure he throws like a girl but the guy can still hit & would look great at the top of someone’s lineup .

5 years 6 months ago

1B: A. Huff
2B: F. Sanchez
SS: E. Renteria
3B: P. Sandoval
C: B. Posey
LF: J. Damon
CF: A. Rowand
RF: M. DeRosa

Not too shabby. Damon should sign a 1/$8MM deal with SF.

ARod's Ring
5 years 6 months ago

not the best line up… but i still think is enough to take the giants into the playoffs.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

“Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Marcus Thames”Any of those guys except Marcus Thames and Baldelli. Derek Jeter – SS – R – 2nd most hits in the majors, 4th highest batting averageNick Johnson – DH – L – 3rd highest OBP , 7th most Walks in only 457 ABMark Teixeira – 1B – S – 6th most HR, 4th most RBIAlex Rodriguez – 3B – R – 30 HR, 100 RBI, despite missing 38 GamesCurtis Granderson – CF – L – below career AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS last season yet had 30 HR and 71 RBI with most of his games as a leadoff batterJorge Posada – C – S – 22 HR, 81 RBI in only 111 gamesRobinson Cano – 2B – L – 3rd most hits, 3rd most doubles, .320 AVGNick Swisher – RF – S – 8th most walks, 29 HR, 82 RBI and is the #8 hitterBrett Gardner – LF – L – 26 stolen bases in 108 games, while being a part time player and then getting hurt. If he can get on base he can run all day from the #9 hole, to turn over the lineup back to Jeter and Nick Johnson. For stated reasons above, along with Gardner’s defense makes me say so long Johnny, enjoy your next town. The Yankees aren’t starving for offense as above shows. They can strengthen defensively with Gardner and Granderson covering left, left center, center and right center next season.

cayanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

The Yankees had Damon, Swisher, Melky, Gardner, Hairston (Nady DL) and Matsui in their outfield/DH positions. That is six players, 2010 Swisher, Granderson, Gardner…..hopefully Damon AND Nady. Trade Johnson.

5 years 6 months ago

Trade Johnson? It makes no sense what you are suggesting.