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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. Eat a Peach - Nov 13, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    If the Yanks can resign Matsui to DH and Damon goes and postures himself into this year’s Abreu signing, it would probably be for the best. At least no one thinks Matsui can wear a fielding glove, whereas a manager could talk themselves into the fielding horror show that Damon has become. Godzilla is a better hitter still, I think I see a solution here.

  2. Yankeesgoingfor28 - Nov 13, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Damon will be back so it’s a waste of time and energy to read anything more to it. Nobody is giving him a 4 year contract and he loves it in New York.

  3. smokehouse - Nov 13, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    I could care less. GO PHILLIES.

  4. Mark Runsvold - Nov 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Don’t be so certain. Brian Sabean isn’t as bad as a lot of people think, but he’ll overpay for declining veterans in his sleep. Even if he doesn’t offer four years, I’m sure he could have Damon on a three-year deal. And the Yanks would be foolish to match it.

  5. charlie - Nov 13, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    let Damon go use the money to sign Lackey, then resign Matsui to protect Arod in line up ,Jorgie can not be the bat behind arod he hits into to many double plays. for left field use the kid use melky and center austin jackson and gardner. the yanks become younger better defensively and have the best 1-4 rotation in the game. at no increase in team payroll.

  6. charlie - Nov 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    let Damon go use the money to sign Lackey, then resign Matsui to protect Arod in line up ,Jorgie can not be the bat behind arod he hits into to many double plays. for left field use the kid use melky and center austin jackson and gardner. the yanks become younger better defensively and have the best 1-4 rotation in the game. at no increase in team payroll.

  7. Crash - Nov 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    The headline should read, “Boras is pricing Damon out of New York”.

  8. Thomas - Nov 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    If the Yankees sign Holiday its all over but the shouting, they are a lock for another championship. Can you imagine pitching through that lineup?

  9. Old Gator - Nov 13, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    I give Johnny Damon’s hamstrings three weeks at the outside covering that San Francisco center field in that damp chill off the Bay. You’d have to put him in thermal long johns and let him ride a Segway with tundra tires and a bored-out cylinder if you wanted to get more than fifty games out of him in any given season.
    As far as Matsui, Godzilla belongs in New York. I still remember standing by the window of my 20th-floor room in the Shinegawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, looking out over Tokyo Bay and thinking, wow, this is the rail yard where Godzilla walked out of the harbor and picked up that commuter train in his mouth. I also recall all the Matsui Borg bobbleheads being sold along with the votive Buddhas and incense cones at the Shoji Temple bazaar. But I also realize that times have changed. The Phillies are the new hibakusha and the bronze statue of Godzilla on the pedestal in front of the main entrance to the Tokyo central railroad station will soon be moved to the front entrance of the new Borg Stadium. Why fight it? In any case Matsui’s story plays a lot better there than that godawful Roland Emmerich remake. At least it has a script.

  10. ed 1935 - Nov 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Baseball is on it’s way out because the serious bad economy has caught up!
    $4.00 @ gal gas this year.
    Yankee owner on the way out so $$$$ will not be a problem!
    Making money will!
    All teams are looking to reduce $$$$ except the Yankees.
    The attendance will take a big hit this year!
    People are sick of hearing hom much these player want for $$$$$$.

  11. John - Nov 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Yesterday I read a comment made by Boras where he said Damon’s health isn’t an issue and that “his durability is off the charts.” Is Scott talking about the same Johnny Damon who strained a calf muscle while rounding 3rd base in the 2nd or 4th inning of game six in this past WS, and as a result had to sit the rest of the game? Ha!

  12. comeonman - Nov 13, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    dude, take your medication, ok.It will get better just stop
    banging your head on the walls………….
    ” Yankee owner on the way out so $$$$ will not be a problem ”
    THIS IS SO FUNNY , TELL ME ANOTHER JOKE.

  13. comeonman - Nov 13, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Yeah, that’s him, Damon also told fox sports that his calf gives him cramps when it is cold.

  14. TheJekyl - Nov 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Godzilla will be a Yankee soon & will be offered a 3yr / $24M (Yanks Option for 3rd year with a $2M buyout essentially making it a 2yr / $19M deal) and he will gladly accept. The Yanks need his bat in the lineup. Damon is insane if he thinks he’s getting a 4yr deal. The Yanks gave 4yrs to Posada and Mo because of their long tenure in the organization – sorry Johhny, you don’t qualify for that kind of commitment or $$. Sign Figgy for 4yrs / $50M and stick him in left field and lead him off!

  15. comeonman - Nov 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Scott Boras is a comic, he has alot of jokes, but the YANKEES AIN’T laughin,,,,,,,,,,,
    Cash knows how to deal with Scott,,,,,,,

  16. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Yesterday I read a comment made by Boras where he said Damon’s health isn’t an issue and that “his durability is off the charts.” Is Scott talking about the same Johnny Damon who strained a calf muscle while rounding 3rd base in the 2nd or 4th inning of game six in this past WS, and as a result had to sit the rest of the game? Ha!

    He did get hurt, but he’s also played in at least 140 games in every season of his career, so 12+ years worth of data > one game.

    Godzilla will be a Yankee soon & will be offered a 3yr / $24M (Yanks Option for 3rd year with a $2M buyout essentially making it a 2yr / $19M deal) and he will gladly accept.

    Good god I hope not. One year with maybe a team option for a second, anything after that and the Yanks are blocking Montero who should (hopefully) be ready by 2012 if not 2011.

  17. awineguy - Nov 13, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    The new world order Yankees are not giving Damon or Matsui three or four year deals.
    If Cashman doesn’t get bogged down in sentiment he’ll jettison both and sign either Bay or Holliday and maybe resign Nady at a reduced rate, although Nady is another Boras client.
    Realistically the Yankees shed $32.5 million on Nady, Matsui and Damon, they got zero production out of Nady last year and could easily sign Bay and Jermain Dye for less than that money and be set with spare change left over.

  18. Geek - Nov 13, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Thanks for your service Damon. Enjoy your contract with a 2nd or 3rd place team.

  19. John - Nov 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Hmmmm… well then I guess luckily for both Damon and the Yankees it wasn’t a game where they needed him, no? ;-)

  20. lexdan - Nov 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Thomas – If the Yankees sign Holiday its all over but the shouting, they are a lock for another championship. Can you imagine pitching through that lineup?
    You mean that 3 man rotation.
    Burnett is flakey and Petitte is 38 yrs old…a lock…I think NOT.

  21. comeonman - Nov 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Just to remind you, Pettite the 38 year old won the three clinchers
    FOR THE YANKEES, HE IS THE ALL TIME WINNER IN POST SEASON WINS AND
    HE HAD NO ARM PROBLEMS, YOU DON’T THINK HE WOULD PICK UP 300 WINS,HE IS A LEFTY, COME ON.

  22. comeonman - Nov 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Just to remind you, Pettite the 38 year old won the three clinchers
    FOR THE YANKEES, HE IS THE ALL TIME WINNER IN POST SEASON WINS AND
    HE HAD NO ARM PROBLEMS, YOU DON’T THINK HE WOULD PICK UP 300 WINS,HE IS A LEFTY, COME ON.

  23. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 13, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    :) yes, luckily that K from Marte with two on and Utley up allowed my heart to get back to beating normally. I swear after what he did to CC and Pettitte, the yanks should have just rolled the ball to Posada since it’d be the only guaranteed way to keep him from hitting a HR. Utley was a monster that series.

  24. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 13, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Just to remind you, Pettite the 38 year old won the three clinchers
    FOR THE YANKEES, HE IS THE ALL TIME WINNER IN POST SEASON WINS AND
    HE HAD NO ARM PROBLEMS, YOU DON’T THINK HE WOULD PICK UP 300 WINS,HE IS A LEFTY, COME ON.

    He’s a 37 year old (will be 38 next year) pitcher with 229 career wins. If he averages 15 wins a year, he’ll need 4.5 years to break 300. For a guy who hates being away from his family, I doubt he sticks around that long.

  25. Danny - Nov 13, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Are you smoking crack again?! That’s the silliest, ill-informed diatribe posted in this section EVER. Pack your pipe and keep movin’. The Yankees rule and baseball will never die.

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