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Scott Boras can't be serious

Dec 13, 2009, 1:27 PM EDT

When Scott Boras talks, people listen. Take the winter meetings, for instance.
He’s bombastic. He’s outrageous. And sometimes he’s very close to
pushing his luck. The Yankees recently acquired the younger and
more-athletic Curtis Granderson in a blockbuster three-team trade,
providing general manager Brian Cashman with some flexibility in
negotiations for veteran free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. You
wouldn’t know it if you talked to Boras.




According to the New York Daily News, Boras told the Yankees to “not bother” tendering an offer to Damon unless it was for at least three years and no less than the $13 million salary he earned in 2009.
Obviously, the Yankees have no intention of granted the 36-year-old
Damon a three-year contract, and Boras can’t realistically expect him
to find one in free agency. It’s a rather obvious stunt.




So far, the Yankees have told Boras
they would like to bring Damon back, but they’ve drawn the line at two
years at around $8 million per season. Bobby Abreu’s recent two-year,
$19 million contract with the Angels seems like a fair compromise of
terms, but if Boras keeps pushing it, the Bombers will have no
qualms about moving forward.

  1. JBerardi - Dec 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    It’s called negotiation. You start by asking for more than you realistically expect to get. Boras’ tends to be a bit over the top in regards to this tactic, but can you argue with his results?

  2. trampslikeus - Dec 13, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    but Boras acts as though he’s negotiating from a position of strength with Damon. He’s not. Not only did they get Granderson, they can get Matsui to fill the DH slot for less money than Damon (and just as good results, more or less). He did the same thing with Manny last year, kept trying to get a better contract even though no one was bidding for his services. Boras will lose this one. He’ll be lucky to get Damon 2 years at 20 million-and it won’t be with the Yanks.

  3. YankeeGreat - Dec 13, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Exactly JBerardi, its part of negotiating tactics Cashman and the Yankees organization know it all too well. The Yanks obviously want Damon to come back if they didn’t (like they didn’t with Abreu) it would be obvious. Also lets not forget Damon wants to come back to the Yank’s as well. Lets face it Damon just turned 36yrs old and getting a 2yr 8mil/yr deal is a fair contract. Damon is a competitor and wants to win. He very well could close out his career with the Yanks… who know… he may get a 3yr. with less $$ but with options…. you never know with Boras..

  4. Ron - Dec 13, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Damon is not a ‘competitor’. He’s no different than Boras. He’s after the money, and that’s his main concern.
    If he was really a ‘competitior’ and not interested in the money, he would still be in Kansas City. Where he told all the fans and media that he wanted to stay and be a Royal for life, but only if they paid way more than he knew they would. He made himself out to be the wronged party, and blamed the Royals for his trade to Oakland, saying they wouldn’t make an effort to keep him even though he wanted to stay.
    If he had really wanted to stay, he would have. But he went for the money. And that’s what he’s doing now.

  5. James - Dec 13, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Getting 2 years and 20 million for Damon would be a ridiculous contract.

  6. McFahey - Dec 13, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    I can’t wait for Damon to move on. All year he said he wanted to stay and play.
    The demon seed(Boras) injected his brain WITH POISON AND NOW HE’S STUCK IN STUPID.
    If he thinks the Yankees will give him 3/13mm ea he needs to go,he’s a mercenary now!!

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