Damon, Yankees Have Been Talking

SATURDAY, 3:12pm: Yanks GM Brian Cashman denies that the club is waiting on Damon before looking into other outfield options, reports Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog.

Additionally, Cashman stressed that the team has "had no discussions on Jermaine Dye" and is "not on Jim Edmonds at all."

2:30pm: In a text to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger, Damon says that he "should have a team in a week" (via Twitter).

1:56pm: Heyman reports (via Twitter) that Damon has "days" to take a "low deal" from the Yankees.  Assuming he says no, the club will sign another outfielder from the group of Reed Johnson, Xavier Nady, Randy Winn, Jim Edmonds, and Jermaine Dye.

FRIDAY, 6:17pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman was on MLB Network's Hot Stove show tonight, and said that the Yankees and Johnny Damon have spoken recently. Here's his exact quote:

"He did meet or talk to the Yankees in the last couple of days. Still doesn't look like a great chance of happening though believe it or not. They are talking, but the Yankees have these budgetary constraints. They've been telling other teams they have about 2 million dollars to spend. I think for Damon they would probably go over that. I mean this is a guy who's had 100 runs scored 9 times and 24 home runs.  Terrific player, but I would still say more likely Braves or Tigers, at this point."

Two days ago we heard from former Yankee Jerry Hairston Jr. that the team never made him an offer because they're "waiting on Damon's price to come down," however GM Brian Cashman shot that report down.

It's certainly getting late in the offseason, however just for a frame of reference, Bobby Abreu didn't sign with the Angels until February 12th of last season. Damon might have a little more waiting to do.


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98 Comments on "Damon, Yankees Have Been Talking"


Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

He wouldn’t make it past 130 games in the NL

5 years 7 months ago

He played over 130 games in LF last year.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Damon looks like a pretty fit dude.

goldenglove002
5 years 7 months ago

Well would the Braves even need him for more games than that? You have to assume that Heyward will be in the bigs at some point this year, and we can’t forget about Schafer yet. Could be slot of platooning late in the season.

pounder
5 years 7 months ago

He is going to the Orioles.Bet on it!

518Ichirohasselback
5 years 7 months ago

Are you referring to Damon? I predicted this a few days back, and I think it would be a good fit for them, and I think they have a little money left to spend (4-5m).

pcain1027
5 years 7 months ago

what???

NYMFORLIFE
5 years 7 months ago

he will be back with the yankees watch the yankees have more then 2 million to spend

Dexter_Morgan
5 years 7 months ago

I really can’t take anything Heyman says seriously when it comes to a Boras client. In one ear and out the other.

Dexter_Morgan
5 years 7 months ago

The Braves have said it would “take a miracle” to sign Damon, Tigers has said they aren’t interested.

Bravesfan4L
5 years 7 months ago

The Braves never said it would take a miracle to sign Damon, Mark Bowmen did. And even that was pure speculation on his part. Do I think the Braves will end up with Damon? Probably not, because Wren said he was done making moves. But I simply cannot think of another team that matches up better with Damon than the Braves or Yankees.

KhanArtist
5 years 7 months ago

Yankees Lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Johnson DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF

Yankees Rotation:
CC Sabathia
AJ Burnett
Javier Vazquez
Andy Pettitte
Phil Hughes
Joba Chamberlain

Yankees Bullpen:
Damaso Marte
David Robertson
Mariano Rivera

is that even a good team?

SteinbrennersDepends
5 years 7 months ago

Was that actually a question?

Try this one on:

Yankees Lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Jim Edmonds LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B

or

Yankees Lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Brett Gardner LF

mbspam17
5 years 7 months ago

JIM EDMONDS? AS THE STARTER? WHAT?

kyleuy
5 years 7 months ago

hell yeah

CrustyJuggler
5 years 7 months ago

Damon going back to the Yanks seems inevitable. He just has to cut his asking price in half.

rickjames2213
5 years 7 months ago

Lets call it 1 year at $5.5MM + some PA incentives

paulyicecubes
5 years 7 months ago

If the Braves sign Damon I’ll eat my hat.

SteinbrennersDepends
5 years 7 months ago

1 year @ 3.5 plus 1.5 in incentives – if it happens. Jim Edmonds/Brett Gardner looks good to me

yankee2374
5 years 7 months ago

Jim Edmonds as a yankee doesnt make any sense. The guy didn’t play at all last year and he has to be atleast 40.

mbspam17
5 years 7 months ago

edmonds makes no sense whatsoever. the reason we want an extra outfielder to platoon with gardner is to hit lefties. edmonds cannot do that. or anything else for that matter. edmonds would be probably be the worst option possible.

accland
5 years 7 months ago

Please do not resign this egomaniacal has been!!! He is a dh at best and will actualy cost wins if allowed to play in the field.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Ignorance at its finest?

0bsessions
5 years 7 months ago

Not entirely. While Damon’s offense while playing in Yankee Stadium is very good, statistically, his fielding last year was somewhere between that of Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay last season.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

UZR/150 had him at -12.1. You’re right, that’s just bad. But other defensive metrics rate him as above average (which I can’t find at the moment). CHONE has him projected as a +7 for next year, for example.

5 years 7 months ago

Those batting lineups look awful. You seriously trust Posada behind A-rod? If I’m a manager I walk A-rod in the playoffs if he’s hot to pitch to a slow catcher behind him. Posada is nice because he’s an offensive catcher, but not #5 hitter material.I’d goR-Jeter L-Damon (LF/DH when Johnson is 1B)S-TeixR-RodriguezL-CanoL-Johnson(DH. 1B when Teix gets day off)S-PosadaS-SwisherL-Granderson(CF)1-I’d much rather have Cano who is a better hitter behind A-rod. Teix, Rodriguez, Cano is one of the better middle orders in all of baseball.2-Johnson, Posada & Swish get on base and provide the power at the bottom of the order. 3-Granderson, Jeter, Damon when the lineup turns over. Mmm.4-four lefties, 3 switch hitters present batter match-up problems all over the lineup.That lineup is honestly frightening.

Qabalist
5 years 7 months ago

Cano can’t buy a hit in a big spot. I would have no problem with Jorge there. Besides A-Rod can steal bases in front of him.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 7 months ago

Knock Damon and Boras for misreading the market but let’s not act as if Damon is less than a good/very good all round player. I can’t stand the “knock a guy when he’s down” stuff.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 7 months ago

i was saying the yankees should be interested when i heard he wanted to come back jimmy can still play d and smash a ball not like he use to but it will be a advantage over any other team cause the yankees have the short porch in right and edmonds could still give the fans homerun balls. i would rather have damon but a platoon of gardner and edmonds isnt bad either but i wonder who would hit second when edmonds is in cano? granderson or posada?

5 years 7 months ago

How would platooning to lefties work exactly?

redsandyanksfan
5 years 7 months ago

Gardner is a contact hitter with speed and edmonds can hit righties pretty well for power the short porch would have a better offense for jimmy agianst righties since he cant hit lefties that well

oscargambleshair
5 years 7 months ago

There are two questions to ask re: Johnny Damon:
1) Who are the Yankees competing with for his services? It looks like no other team is interested. If that is the case, why should the Yankees out-bid themselves? If no other team is interested, remove the Yankees from the equation and his market value is zero.

2) As currently constructed, is it a reasonable expectation for the Yankees to be in playoff contention at the July 31 trading deadline? If yes, why waste the money when you can truly find out if Gardner is the real deal? Come July 31, Cashman can re-assess and determine whether or not to pursue a rental.

goldenglove002
5 years 7 months ago

Now is the rumor that Damon is likely for the Braves have a reasonable backing to of or is it just writers speculation that his bat would fit in their lineup?

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

All I can say is, Braves have yet to say no. They’ve only had Bowman say it’d take a miracle. Damon would have to lower his price a lot.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

Damon would have to lower his price anyway. He’s too old and the 5-7 mil he’s asking for is way too much. I don’t care what Yankee fans say, their park is like a little league field and he isn’t gonna hit 20 bombs anywhere but there. Especially in places like Turner Field and Citi Field where he’d have to play if he was on the Braves. He’s gonna have to come way down. I would say the very most he is gonna get this year is 3 mil

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed, like I said before, he’d have to lower his price a lot. Braves wont need him for his 14 HR’s outside of Yankees Stadium over a year. Braves will need him for his OBP, BA, and lead-off speed. Unless Cox will use Diaz/McLouth or Diaz/Cabrera in the lead-off, Damon is the next best thing. I see him worth 3.5 to the Braves.

yankeepride3
5 years 7 months ago

hahahahah at the kid suggesting the edmonds thing. if they were going to do something like that, theyd just sign reed johnson. hes hits righties and crushes lefties. and he played last year and isnt 40. there is NO point in signing edmonds. but really they should just get this done. 1 year $5 million with another 3 or 4 million in incentives.

SS Jeter
LF Damon
1B Teixeira
3B Rodriguez
C Posada
CF Granderson
RF Swisher
2B Cano
DH Johnson

The reason I like Johnson batting ninth is because of his .400+ OBP. Putting him at the bottom of the line-up gives us a guy who will continuously get on base in front of the top of the order. If he gets one at a .400 clip again, he will essentially be doing what he was going to do in the #2 spot, setting himself up to get driven in by the big hitters. Sort of the same idea of having the pitcher bat eight in the NL and someone batting ninth. Getting a guy on base to get driven in. Of course, ANY of those nine players hitting in the last hole in the line-up is crazy because they are all ridiculous hitters, but Johnson makes sense in the 9th hole if they get this done.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 7 months ago

Trade Gaudin. Problem almost solved.

yanksfan22552
5 years 7 months ago

yea i agree 100 %

Bravesfan4L
5 years 7 months ago

If I were Wren, I would simply trade Melky or Diaz and use that cash along with the 3MM the Braves currently have to spent and that should get Damon signed. His veteran presence in the lead off spot would benefit the Braves greatly in my opinion. Although it’s highly unlikely at this point, I’m still hoping for a Damon, McLouth, Heyward outfield.

csg
5 years 7 months ago

I agree, but until June I would like to see an outfield of Damon, McLouth, Diaz. Bring Heyward up then and control his services for another year

yankeepride3
5 years 7 months ago

I think the only thing scaring off the Braves other than possible budget restrictions is having to have Damon and McLouth in the same outfield. He was better last year in the outfield than in 2008, but I think they want to have Melky play center, McLouth left and Heyward right. That would be a drastic improvement in the outfield defense. I could be wrong, but it makes sense to me. In the limited action McLouth has played in left, he has been wonderful statistically.

alxn
5 years 7 months ago

McLouth’s defense improved dramatically after being traded to the Braves last year. I don’t think the Braves have any intentions of moving him to LF unless Schafer is ready.

The Braves don’t use statistical metrics when evaluating defense anyways, which is why I think they will sign Damon if his price drops low enough.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 7 months ago

I think the Yanks are fairly strong 1-9 w/ Gardner being the weakest link. The starting 5…..strong. Bullpen should be ok, if you can carve out a strong 5 from RObertson, Marte, Aceves, Hughes, Loogan, Gaudin, Melancon. I wanted them to add Mike Gonzales but I really can’t cop a fit over not getting him. What worries me the most as of Jan 22, is the lack of depth and experience on the bench. Right now our bench consists of Ramiro Pena, Francisco Cervelli and Jamie Hoffman. With Brett Gardner being somewhat of a question mark, Nick Johnson being injury prone and an 3 starters at demanding positions over 34/35 in Arod, Jeter and Posada, Cashman needs to find a way to round out this team with viable backups. I have zero problem with Cervelli replacing Molina. I know that Pena can play 2b, SS and 3b with at least average or better defense. Offensively we can carry 1, maybe 2 weak bats in the lineup. But let’s now kid ourselves. Damon make this team much, much deeper. We went into 09 with an OF of Damon, Swisher, Cabrera, Nady and Gardner. People were crying for a trade of Swisher and Nady. Nady and Gardner both went down for a while and we ran Cabrera into the ground in July/August. Now we’re set to go into 2010 with Gardner, Swisher, Grandy, Hoffman and, assuming we stick to our “budget”, the likes of Reed Johnson or Rocco Baldelli in the mix. Am I the only one a little conerned about the lack of depth of this team? Can we really assume that none of out starters are going to go down this year?

People assume we can just pick someone up. That’s true. But what calibe of player are we talking about if we need to replace one of our starters? Chances are that’s going to require more prospects leaving. After thinning out the farm a little with IPK, Ajax, Vizcaino and Dunn and the majority of our top 10 prospects being virtual unknown quantities (2009 draftees/IFA’s Heathcott, Murphy and Sanchez plus 18 year olds Banuelos and DeLeon) what do we really have to offer to acquire suitable replacements that can be REAL contributors, as opposed to a warm body like the crap we used to keep 3b warm for Arod (Berroa, Ransom)? The Yanks greatest asset is cold hard cash. Well here we are, shopping in Saks 5th with $5 in our left pocket and the black Amex card tucked away in our wallet and it’s 30 minutes to closing. No way in the world should Cashman and company sit there claiming broke with a sign at the cash register saying “We accept credit cards”. I’m all for budget restraints but I’d rather come in $5 or $7 mil over the set budget feeling comfortable that we’ve prepared ourselves for a long season, rather than hoping no one gets hurt, which will then create the expense of added salary and prospects to fill those holes. The great thing about last years teams was the fact that the Yanks were able to turn to Cervelli, Pena, Hughes, Ransom, Aceves and Robertson to fill holes caused by injury or ineffectiveness. Expecting to do that again next year when AAA is a little thinner with some of those guys either already on the 25 man or used in trades this year seems a little suspect. Sign Damon and you can afford to move Gardner to the 4th OF spot and have some protection if Nick Johnson goes down. Sign Nomar or Belliard to be the primary veteran bat on the bench and to lend some IF depth along with Pena. If Damon accept a $5 mil deal and you get Nomar or Belliard for under $2 mil then that’s not a bad price to pay to round off a team looking to repeat. COming in $6 or $7 mil over budget (incl. lux tax) isn’t the worst thing in the world for the Yanks. Let’s not be cheap now just so we can stick out or chest and say we came in under last years payroll.