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Johnny Damon is pricing his way out of New York

Nov 13, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

SI’s Jon Heyman listened to Scott Boras hold court up at the GM meetings in Chicago, and reports that (a) Boras thinks that Damon should get a four-year deal; (b) Damon doesn’t want less than his current $13 million; (c) the Yankees are saying that they are “absolutely not” going to offer him four years  — more like 2; (d) the Yankees offer would be at $10 million per; and (e) the Giants have some interest in Damon.

Setting aside for a moment the fact that Heyman’s report reads more like a press release for Johnny Damon as opposed to a news story (Jon: the reason Damon leads many other players in stats measured “over the past 12 seasons” is because he’s old!) let’s parse this:

Just because the Yankees have more money than God doesn’t mean that they’re going to throw it away stupidly. Indeed, in the past few years we’ve seen the Yankees move from a model of spending outrageous amounts of money stupidly to spending outrageous amounts of money wisely. If you’re the Yankees, in an offseason where almost every other team is looking to slash payroll, and there are at least three all-star caliber left fielders around, why on earth would you give the oldest one $52 million over four years? If I’m Brain Cashman I call the bluff on Damon, wish him well in that big outfield in San Francisco and focus my attention on Matt Holliday.

Which, come to think of it, may be Boras’ hope anyway. If the Yankees are eliminated as a Damon suitor — and a hard demand for a four year deal for the guy should eliminate them — it opens up the market for Holliday, also a Boras client, considerably.

  1. terry - Nov 13, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    they definitely aren’t resigning matsui, girardi already said the only thing matsui can do is DH and he wants to give some of the other ailing players a rest every now and then, so Matsui definitely out, sign holliday and give damon a 1 or 2 year dear at a reduced rate and everyones happy.

  2. John - Nov 13, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Regadless of all of this…mark my words, Phillies in 7!!! Mark my words!!

  3. Johnson Bar - Nov 13, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Mark my Words, Philly in seven…mark my words!!

  4. YANKEE STUDY - Nov 14, 2009 at 4:02 AM

    Sign Nady he will put up the same numbers as Damon over a full season (has a better arm also) and at a bargain rate (one year) which will make him play harder for a new contract and he is younger. Forget about Holiday he cannot hit AL pitching he has better numbers in a fastball league (NL). Go after Granderson hard he will clear up the CF position for at least 5 years resign Matsui at all cost this guy is a top notch professional and watching him he is a great hitter in the clutch,Ive seen this his whole yankee career. Damon let him walk his body is breaking down. Thanks for the years Damon but you understand this is a business. Check on the availability of Halladay and Hernandez. Halladay should come cheaper than Hernandez but I would rather have Hernandez and I would trade either Joba or Hughes and prospects for Hernandez after I lock him up to a long term deal before the trade. Also if Pettitte doesnt come back look to pickup a Lefty starter via free agency (Washburn) or trade. Last but not least find a competent 2 innings set-up man via your current roster Joba,Hughes or trade (Heath Bell).

  5. YANKEE STUDY - Nov 14, 2009 at 5:36 AM

    If Cashman could swing a deal for Granderson and Edwin Jackson (awesome potenial on a team that will score runs for him) deal that would be awesome. Jackson had 13 wins,33 starts and a 3.62 era that would be awesome for a number 4 or 5 starter in the rotation. Jackson had a better season than Lackey and he is much younger. Granderson will be the leadoff hitter and he should hit 25-30 homeruns and bat 280-290 average and steal some bases. Matsui makes the most of his at bats when he does get them so youll get 20-25 homeruns out of him and Nady youll get 20-30 homeruns out of him and these number are for a full season 140-162 games. Matsui’s at bats will be less than that but like I said very smart hitter he makes the most out of his at bats! Matsui is younger than Damon and he is also a true homerun hitter and rbi man! Jason Bay,Lackey and Holliday stay away from them! Hernandez is a young workhorse as is Jackson they will both win games and eat up innings in Pinstripes!

  6. XTrust_No1X - Nov 14, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    What Sour Grapes, but,I don’t expect anything else from the worst deluded bunch of parasite so called fans. You embarrass a great team with your mindless rants.

  7. XTrust_No1X - Nov 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    The 27 time World Series Champions, the Legendary New York Yankees probably won’t be resigning either Matsui or Damon. The Yankees need to get younger,so they will be leaving the DH role open, so they can rest they’re aging stars Jeter and Posada, and give them days off in the field, and let them DH. They both could’ve played First Base, but, last years signing of Tex has now left that option out. What the Yankees will do this off-season is maybe to sign a couple of stop gap measures for this year, while waiting to sign Doc Holliday in free agency next year. They might also be a serious contender for Detroit’s Curtis Granderson to replace Damon in left field, or Clone Figgin’s, but not the over priced Matt Holliday, who I believe will stay in the National League, probably with ST Louis. They will also probably take a look at Ben Sheets,but other than those moves, I can’t see the World Series Champs doing much else this year, again the focus will be around making Doc Holliday a New York Yankee next year.

  8. awineguy - Nov 14, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Granderson, with his sparkling career OBP of .344 and average 150 Ks per year would be a great leadoff hitter for New York………….if you’re a Red Sox fan.

  9. Joan Siegfreid - Feb 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I wish acquiring over a broken heart can be so easy as following a few steps.. but its not…

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