Johnny Damon Considered Retirement?

8:47pm: Yankees' GM Brian Cashman shot down Hairston's comments, tweets Ken Davidoff of Newsday.

8:10pm: Jerry Hairston Jr. was on Jim Bowden's radio show on XM 175 earlier today, and said that the Yankees didn't make him an offer because they're waiting on Damon's price to come down (via Bowden's Twitter). If true, it would seem that it's only matter of time before they get a deal worked out.

12:38pm: David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution feels differently – his source close to Damon says retirement hasn't been considered (Twitter link).

8:43am: Johnny Damon has considered retirement, according to a friend of Damon's who spoke to Bob Klapisch of The Bergen Record.  Keep in mind that Damon pondered the same idea back in Spring Training '07.  However, that March '09 Bill Madden article added that Damon "harbors no more thoughts of retiring when his contract expires after this season."

Though Damon texted "I'm sure things will work out somewhere" to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, his prospects of a decent contract appear bleak.  ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted Monday that the Yankees haven't made recent contact.  They and the Braves are thought to have only $2MM in the budget.  The Giants and Tigers appear out, though I imagine Damon will find a market if his price drops below $5MM.

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