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Damon, Matsui, Pettitte fail to get arbitration offers from Yankees

Dec 1, 2009, 5:20 PM EDT

The Yankees declined to offer arbitration to any of their free agents, a group that included Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Xavier Nady.
Damon and Pettitte were the candidates to get offers. Damon, a Type A free agent, could have brought in two draft picks had he left. However, he also had a case for a $15 million+ award in arbitration and he might well have accepted the offer. The Yankees would like him back, but probably at something much closer to $9 million-$10 million per year.
Pettitte is a Type B free agent. It’s very unlikely that he’ll sign with another team this winter, so the offer wasn’t really necessary. He figures to either re-sign with the Yankees or head into retirement.
Matsui, who finished 2009 with 28 homers, 90 RBI and an 876 OPS, was an unranked free agent, leaving nothing to be gained from offering him arbitration. Nady, on the other hand, was a Type B free agent, even though he received all of 28 at-bats last season.
The Yankees can continue to negotiate with every player on their list of free agents. Damon, Pettitte and Matsui are all candidates to return, while Nady, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Eric Hinske are expected to depart.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Dec 1, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    I love the Jeter-Damon 1-2, Johnny doesn’t hit into near the DPs that Sportsman of the Year does. Damon should remember the Bobby Abreu situation (which turned our well, thankfully)and take a Yankees offer which could at least stretch 2 years. He should take the ARod lead as well and get rid of Boras and face reality.

  2. Don Dufault - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Those guys? Damon and Matsui? Those two guys? It’s a no brainer. Sign’em up for next year. Forget their age. They’re ballplayers and deserve to play again and not put out to pasture. Good grief, Charely Brown. Ya listening?

  3. Don Dufault - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Those guys? Damon and Matsui? Those two guys? It’s a no brainer. Sign’em up for next year. Forget their age. They’re ballplayers and deserve to play again and not put out to pasture. Good grief, Charely Brown. Ya listening?

  4. Don Dufault - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Those guys? Damon and Matsui? Those two guys? It’s a no brainer. Sign’em up for next year. Forget their age. They’re ballplayers and deserve to play again and not put out to pasture. Good grief, Charely Brown. Ya listening?

  5. mick-7-1961 - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    One thing about winning a World Series, is it’s often times easier for players to stay with that team the following year. In the Yankees case, I have a feeling they’ll do what they can to keep Damon and deal Matsui to the Mariners (his Series MVP notwithstanding). There’s been talk that Hideki has expressed a disire to play with Ichiro and it may happen. I agree with Petite probably staying put. I would imagine he’d like to retire as a Yankee and his age is against him as far as better offers from other clubs are concerned.

  6. Covert - Dec 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Pettitte had another solid season and postseason for the Yankees and he would be welcome back. I like Damon as a ballplayer but I hold my breath whenever a flyball is hit to left because he looks so unsure of himself and has an arm that everyone takes advantage of. Godzilla would have to agree to DHing only for him to come back because of his blown knees.

  7. LOLAtLen - Dec 1, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Enjoy old legs Johnny Damon next year.
    Your team is going to get to at ease following a W.S. and not do what they need to: 1. Get younger, 2. Avoid needing a 3 man rotation in the postseason, again.

  8. dale - Dec 2, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    I think you’re right LOLAtl, I believe it’s better to get younger while the team still has a solid core. Let’s face it. Jeter has maybe three more productive years?

  9. jeff - Dec 2, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    Jeter gets SOY and Obama gets the Nobel Peace prize? Obama was only in office a couple of weeks and Jeter only made the top 10 in one category. Interesting.

  10. Fanamine - Dec 2, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Jeff, apparently you do not understand the criteria involved in selecting the SOY. Accomplishments on the field are only one aspect of the process. When comparing a baseball player to a swimmer to a track and field champion, Sports Illustrated cannot easily pick a winner based upon athletics only. Accomplishments off the field and the level of character they bring to the sporting community are major factors, also. That is why, in the opinion of the magazine, Jeter was selected. If you do not believe he is worthy, then I am sure Mr. Jeter will not lose sleep over it.

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