Johnny Damon No Longer Considering Yankees

The Yankees are reportedly in "extensive" talks with Raul Ibanez about their DH job, but another option is no longer on the table. Johnny Damon told George A. King III and Joel Sherman of The New York Post that both he and the team are no longer considering a second tour of duty in New York.

"We both are looking at other options now,'' said Damon, adding that it's "unfortunate."

GM Brian Cashman acknowledged that the two sides spoke about a possible reunion, saying: "He called and I told him the truth. He is not the No. 1 option if and when I turn to DH options."

Earlier today we heard that even after the A.J. Burnett trade, the Yankees only have enough money to sign Eric Chavez or a left-handed DH, not both. Team executives will meet next week to reconsider the budget once the trade is made official, however. More than 58% of nearly 12,000 MLBTR readers prefer either Ibanez or Vladimir Guerrero to Damon according to the results of this morning's poll.


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50 Comments on "Johnny Damon No Longer Considering Yankees"


meanguygary
3 years 6 months ago

Jon Heyman weeps tonight.  

3 years 6 months ago

hahahaha

PlayBoyBuddy Rose
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah…it’s  Johnny who doesn’t WANT da Yankees….

goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

if hes not considering the yankees what else does he have to consider

3 years 6 months ago

a return to kansas city

ultimate913
3 years 6 months ago

 Don’t they have Butler for DH?

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

 Baltimore

3 years 6 months ago

“We both are looking at other options now,” said Damon, adding that it’s “unfortunate.”
Puhlease, Johnny. You had a better shot being the DH with the A’s, not NY.

3 years 6 months ago

Even the A’s would rather sign Manny than kick the tires on Damon.

Justanotherfantoo
3 years 6 months ago

Damon says it’s unfortunate?  But what’s really unfortunate is that Damon listens to Boras and sells himself to the highest bidder.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Whaaa?

89 Pinstripes
3 years 6 months ago

Wow not a smart move Damon is not good enough to just stop considering teams.

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

Try reading between the lines a little.  He’s not considering the Yanks after the Yanks told him no.

themightygin
3 years 6 months ago

Bit of a misleading post title, eh?  How could you be considering a team that isn’t considering you and never was?

3 years 6 months ago

I’ve seen the looks he gives Kim Jones.

levendis
3 years 6 months ago

uhh more like the other way around… not sure why the Yankees have their sights on Ibanez, and Damon. I’d rather have Matsui, the guy is one of the best with RISP, our lineup relies on the longball way too much. He can do that, and also drive a runner in. Its not like you need Ibanez to play the field. Andruw jones is a better opetion than him, and you can always move Nunez to LF. Oh well.

3 years 6 months ago

I really wish the Yanks would consider Vlad Guerrero. I’ve drooled about the idea for years.

Mike1L
3 years 6 months ago

I liked Damon in his first tour with the Yankees, and I still think he could help a team. I wonder if what the Yankees are really thinking is that they need a player who won’t be as needy as Damon-even if Damon would be somewhat more productive than the other options. The Yankees are probably looking for someone who would be content with 300 PA, and could play a position for a week or two if needed.  They have to rotate some of their older players into the DH spot.  And, economically, if the slot that the Yankees perceive Damon would be in is only going to be a part-time player for them, the $5MM Damon has been asking (plus luxury tax) is way out of line.  Too bad.  Damon’s late career is likely showing poor representation by Boras. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

who are these older players we need to worry about in 2012? Arod and who? jeter can sit on the bench and relax. not like they would miss it that much for 1 game.

$1519287
3 years 6 months ago

Cano, Granderson, Gardner, Nova… obviously. 

– ECB

NickinIthaca
3 years 6 months ago

That’s far too much sarcasm for these discussion boards.  I’m going to have to report you to a moder…. 

Oh wait.

2001morecowbell2001
3 years 6 months ago

I thought he always wanted to be a Detroit Tiger? Give me a break Damon. You’ve always been about the money and always will be. Your media statements are worse than your throwing arm.

3 years 6 months ago

I’d like to see him on the Tigers. The Tigers don’t really NEED him, but they can’t go wrong with a one-year $3mil deal.

NickinIthaca
3 years 6 months ago

 They should slot him in as the first lefty second basemen in MLB.  That infield defense would be unstoppable…

omavricko
3 years 6 months ago

As a M’s fan I’d be interested in Johnny Damon as our LF and split time with Montero at DH

Andrew Steven
3 years 6 months ago

No thanks. We have Carp out in LF. Mariners do not need Damon. Period.

JANET MURRAY
3 years 6 months ago

if you all read it it says Cashman is the one who First said HE wasn’t considering DAMON ….so what ELSE is Damon going to say after THAT?

MNTwins12
3 years 6 months ago

I think that New York would be smart to sign Ibanez instead of Damon. Damon had a better batting average in 2011, but Ibanez had more power and runs batted in. Vladimir Guerrero makes sense for the Twins as a somewhat-powerful righty off of their bench or as a DH.

3 years 6 months ago

If Jim Thome can sign with an NL team (Phillies) then why not Damon? Assuming there’s an interested team, don’t see why  he’s limited to AL / DHing. Thome’s role with PHI is likely minor compared to what Damon could offer, no?

turbandog
3 years 6 months ago

Sadly, this is not really true, IMO.  What we saw here in TB last season when Johnny tried to play in the field was not pretty. He did not run good routes to balls, flat out missed some, misplayed some, etc.  And he’s never had much of an arm.   Maybe he’s just rusty and needs more work but he likely woudn’t be a serious consideration for anything but DH.  Solve the problem and institute the DH in the NL. 

BarrelMan
3 years 6 months ago

Damon shld lower his price and just find a place to play for the year, wherever. Enough posturing.

asdf asdf
3 years 6 months ago

way to keep your pride intact johnny

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

Correction: Yankees no longer considering Johnny Damon

3 years 6 months ago

Plenty of teams will pick Jonny up for $1m a year. His agent has him so over-priced.

The Rays would bring him back for $1m.

Surprised Detroit doesn’t grab him – another team who would be a good fit is Cleveland.