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Scott Boras is still pulling the "mystery team" stuff

Jan 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

With Johnny Damon this time. Here’s Madden at the Daily News:

Still, as recently as a couple of days ago, there was renewed
dialogue between Damon, Boras and the Yankees in which the Yankees made
one last attempt to have a good Yankee remain a Yankee.

“Tell us your bottom line for what you’re willing to play for,” they
said, “and if it’s in the realm of where our budget needs to be we can
go to ownership and see if something can be worked out.” But instead of giving them a
number, Boras came back with more of his patented “mystery team”
hogwash, claiming he had a couple of other offers they were still

I can’t believe he’s still pulling the “mystery team” garbage. Sure, it still works on the Cardinals, but you’d figure every other team would know how ridiculous a gambit it truly is by now. I mean, it’s become so transparent that not even Heyman bit this time.

  1. Jonny5 - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    “Hymen” didn’t “bleed” this info?? You sure??? Seriously Damon needs to find a manager who won’t end his career early.

  2. talex - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Damon wants to play for the Yankees. The Yankees still want Damon. But there is no contract yet. Sounds like A-Rod all over again.
    Johnny, fire Boras and sign with the Yankees for 6 million. Do you know how many daily meals that is in Haiti?

  3. Moses Green - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    I traded him in the offseason in one of my geek leagues, so Mr. Boras may well be referring to me.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    I am almost as tired of hearing about this as I am hearing about Steroids! Johnny, for the last time FIRE HIS A$$ and reach out to Hal and Cash on your own. If you don’t handle this yourself you will regret it and oh yea, remember that you are 36 years old and will not be the full time left fielder! Get a fair deal, sign it and pack your bags for spring training.

  5. Stultusmagnus - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Don’t re-sign Damon, after such a massive paycut from his own team, I’d question his motivation.
    Hopefully the Braves will get him.

  6. Moses Green - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    CC – how does it / does it change your perspective on the Braves’ offseason if they sign Damon to say … 1 year, $5 million.

  7. Ron Davis - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    The mystry team is in Japan. lol

  8. Craig Calcaterra - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    While I was afraid that the Braves would try to be in on some two year, $20 million thing with Damon back in the fall, I would be quite happy with a one year or a lower dollar two year commitment to the guy. Just gives them so many more options and some offensive punch that they desperately need.

  9. MARK - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Farve, Damon who cares where these old timers go just hurry up so the rest of us dont have te read about it.
    Its old news and boring at most!

  10. Richard Dansky - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    And by “mystery team”, he means the Camden Riversharks.

  11. Purnell Meagre - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    I like Heyman – don’t see any reason to knock him except maybe jealousy he’s got a gig writing about baseball.

  12. ecp - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    That’s the thing about Scott Boras. He’s not afraid to throw out the “mystery team” gambit, thereby looking like a fool, but still managing to pull the wool over some owner’s eyes and score his client a massive payday. You gotta respect that.
    Oops. Wrong thread.

  13. Mark Cortes - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Any team in the Japanese professional leagues could be considered a “mystery team”. Damon could be the new ‘Mr. Baseball’! lol

  14. Old Gator - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    If Heyman didn’t bite on this one, it’s probably because he’s at the orthodontist having his current mouthful of hooks removed under general anaesthesia.

  15. John Pileggi - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    The “mystery team” may end up on “Cold Case”.
    I do not think Cashman is blinking first here.

  16. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Fidel Castro called Boras yesterday, He will sign Damon for
    Cuban National Team. Scott was telling the truth, there was
    another team. New York blew it!!

  17. steve shifnadel - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    No one ever accused Johnny Damon of being overly bright.

  18. Fast Eddy - Jan 25, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    The top dollar for Damon will be in the 4-5 Mil area. He is damaged goods, too old and teams know that. So, we will wait until Spring, and see who gets him for the least amount of money.

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