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The Yankees and Damon are miles apart

Dec 11, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

I guess that stuff about the Yankees playing hardball with Johnny Damon is legit.  According to Heyman, the team and the player are currently two years and $34 million apart, with Damon wanting $52 million for four years and the Yankees offering $18 million for two years.

Heyman asks “doesnt this have to get done tho?”  You know what? If I’m the Yankees I say nope. Not at all. Not at what Damon wants.  He’s worth $9 million over two. Maybe a bit more. Even if you put a Pettitte-style bumper on it because, hell, it’s the Yankees, you don’t get to four years and $52 million. 

I like Brian Cashman’s slow-and-easy approach to this.  Leave the offer out there for a month. Heck, make it an even $20 million if you want.  If Damon can go and find four years from someone, mazel tov. If not, he’ll sign at what I’m offering.

  1. Michael - Dec 11, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    $52mil over 4yrs? I want what he’s on or as i’m guessing what Boras wants. There is no way any team will come even close to that and let’s be honest, it is not like the Yanks couldn’t just bring someone else in with just as much talent if not more for probably less. If Damon doesn’t lower his aking price I guranee you he’ll end up settling for a prorated 1yr contract with a non-contending team in hopes of some other sucker next year.

  2. Ben - Dec 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Is this an article from 4 years ago? Because that’s what the Yankees offered 4 YEARS AGO. Oh it’s from today?!?! What is going on? Holy cow! I love Johnny. I love his heart, his guts and overall makeup. But he is a year older than Jeter and while the Yanks won the World Series because of his incredible double steal, that defensive replacement in Game 6 showed to me that anyone who signs him for more than two years is either extremely high or Scott Boras put rufies in their drink and made them sign a paper. He has to realize the Yankees have the leverage here. If he doesn’t take a deal from them ranging from 18-24 mil. over two years, then it’s time to cut ties. I would offer Marlon Byrd 3 years and $33-39 million if Damon keeps balking. Or just have Matsui come back for around $10 mil. and have Melky play left.

  3. peteinfla - Dec 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    AS a big Yankee fan and also a big Johhny Damon fan, I would love to see hin return to the Yanks for a year or 2, then ride off into the sunset. He obviously still has something left, as evidenced by his great season last year. But for him, or his a**hole of an agent to think he is worth anywhere near this kind of money or time committment is insane. Not to the Yanks or any other team out there. I got to meet him last year, through mutual friends of him and his wife here in Jacksonville. He is even nicer and more genuine in real life than he appears, a real class act. Unlike so many great players, he is a regular guy. Seems like the complete antithesis of his agent. Thats why this seems so out of character. The Yanks want him, he wants to come back, how about accepting a fair 2 year contract? Maybe even a third year option. Come on Johnny, stop drinking the Scott Boras koolaid!

  4. APBA Guy - Dec 11, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Craig, time for a more detailed exposition on agent conflict of interest. You wonder if, in continuing with the tactics that have served him so well in the past, Boras has missed the signs that it is the Yankees who have leverage in this situation. Damon has one thing, and it is a significant thing, going for him: he’s proven he can perform on the big stage.
    When the Yankees added Granderson that one big advantage was diluted tremendously. The Yankees could play Granderson in center and shift Melky/Gardner to left. Or they could get another, cheaper OF, like Byrd, or any of another half dozen or so likely .800 OPS OF candidates.
    That $ 185M salary target for the Yankees is self-imposed, to give them room for next year’s crop of free agents and to give them negotiating leverage.
    Also, there appears to be no other bidder for Damon’s services thus eliminating the classic Boras tactic of the mystery team interest.
    But I wonder what Ankiel thinks right now. He’s another Boras client, and Boras is telling everyone Ankiel also wants multi years and double digits per year. Are Ankiel’s best interests being served here? Basically that message is that if you have an interest in Ankiel you aren’t going to get into a realistic conversation until after Damon moves. Not sure that’s going to work out well in this economy with so many teams sitting out this free agent season.

  5. peteinfla - Dec 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Great point! Hey – do you really like APBA better that Strat?

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Wait, is this posting from 5 years ago, because Damon just FINISHED a 4/$52M deal with the Yanks?
    So Boras will have us/Yankees believe that his client:
    1) Doesn’t age
    2) Won’t decline
    Not without artificial help.

  7. John Pileggi - Dec 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Wow. Mr. Boras certainly is not lacking guts, but he may be lacking sanity. The trade with the Tigers reduced Damon’s leverage considerably. The Yanks can probably re-sign Matsui for a great deal less (one or two years at less money) and go with Cabrera in left. If Damon wants top dollar, the Yanks are his best bet, as they do not mind overpaying. But, not to these levels. No one else is likely to give him 4 years, and less likely a total of $52 million. The Sox will not do it, the Mets will not do it, the Phils will not do it, and that is about it.

  8. YANKEES1996 - Dec 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Johnny, be serious 4yrs 52 million! Look at your birth certificate, you said you want to play for the Yankees. Now, as a Yankee fan I would like to see you back with us for the defense run, but we are not going to break the bank for you. Get Scott Boras under control and tell him to get you a fair two year deal, sign it and lets get ready for spring training.

  9. YankeesfanLen - Dec 11, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    This is getting old real fast, Mr. Boras. Mr. Cashman is yawning and walking away.
    Obviously everyone around here loves Johnny, but he should talk to ARod before getting too clever by half.
    2/23, tops

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