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Johnny Damon holding out for two-year deal

Feb 9, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

Want to know why Johnny Damon, who hit 24 homers and scored 107 runs last season, hasn’t signed with a team as of February 9?  Because he’s holding out for a two-year contract.  Or so says FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.

Damon, 36, has drawn interest recently from the Tigers, Braves and Rays, though none of those clubs seem interested in his current asking price.  His agent, Scott Boras, is even trying to sell the outfielder to the city of Detroit, telling the Detroit Free Press Tuesday that Damon loves the Detroit Red Wings, especially hometown hero Steve Yzerman.  Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski doesn’t appear to be biting.

“We continue to monitor everything,” Dombrowski said Tuesday, when asked
generally about the market. “I am not sure if we are close on
anything.”

Boras claims to have “four or five” offers on the table.  It’s a little hard to believe, though, isn’t it?

  1. jonny5 - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Damn, I was just saying…….

  2. Bloody Sock - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Yep. He does have ‘four or five’ offers:
    Three one year offers from the Tigers, Braves and Rays, an offer from the Newark Bears and an offer from his wife to go out to dinner.

  3. Nasty Boy - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    I swear Boras got into the wrong profession, with the lies he tells,(4 or 5 teams are interested) he should of been a lawyer. Oh, that’s right, that’s what he is .

  4. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    I hope all of Boras’ non-A-list clients are paying attention to what’s happened to Damon (not that it’s not partially Johnny’s fault). If you’re not #1 or #2 on Boras’ list, you’re nowhere.
    “4 or 5 teams”–No one is buying what you’re selling with that garbage, Scotty. Try something you may have heard of but with which you have little first-hand experience. It’s called honesty.

  5. John - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Boras should run for president. With his lies and falsehoods, he could give Obama a run for his money.

  6. Geek - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    The best of luck to Damon to try and get what he wants.
    Lets see if these other baseball people are as smart as Cashman

  7. Evence - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Boras probably could give Obama a run for his money but Mr. Boras would be foolish to even think about taking on the Falsehood Champion of all Time, George W.

  8. yanks27 - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    I think we should send Boras to Afganistan to walk in front of our brave soldiers as they try to disarm ieds !!!

  9. Stone - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    I’m holding out for a model wife and 6 figure salary. Let’s see who gets there first, Johnny.

  10. pepe - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Plenty of all-stars took a hit in pay to play with Stevie Y and the Red Wings. Damon cosnider himself fortunate to get an incentive-laden contract to play in one of the great baseball towns in America.

  11. Jack Meoffer - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    I like Damon, I like his personality. But I hope he is selling peanuts at Tropicana Field because he is another greedy athlete not knowing his limitations.

  12. Kevin - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    This whole sitauation has been embarrasing for Damon and Boras. I think there are a couple of moments where this thing took nasty turns:
    Nasty Turn #1, ‘Don’t make an offer if it is not for at least $13M and three years’ – An agent can’t demand an offer. They can decline one, but they can’t tell a team what to do. Offensive and arrogant.
    Nasty Turn #2, In a span of 48 hours the Yankees lost an opportunity to sign Matsui and Cameron, waiting for Damon and Boras. I believe the Yankess wanted Cameron in center (a right handed bat) Granderson in left (left handed) and Damon or Matsui at DH. And we would have avoided the signing of 15 additional outfielders. I believe they felt Boras was delaying them until their options dried up, not a bad strategy if they wait. But never in the best interest of a team when Boaras is involved.
    Nasty Turn #3 – Boras said the Yankees did not make Damon an offer. OK, how well did it go over to say Cashman lied. Even Damon won’t back up his agent on that lie. And that is when things really got hard.
    Nasty Turn #4 (yet to come) – Damon signs for less than $6M with no chance of reaching the WS.
    This has been a classic winter in how to kill a potential Hall of Fame career. Damon needss the Yankees for any chance at the hall and he is peeing it away based on pride and a bad agent. Take $2M and have a chance at the hall. You will get more at bats (the Yankess score alot, there more at bats), the best line up protection in baseball (Texiera/A-Rod) and a great on base batter to keep pitchers honest (Jeter). STOP BEING STUPID.

  13. nate is great - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    he should be in politics, def a liar..

  14. nate is great - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    borASS is trying to play the braves vs the tigers to drum up some market for damon. we can all see through this facade. JD should have taken the 14 mil/2yrs for the Yanks. I don t believe either side is being honest, as that deal was a take it or leave it and they (damon/boras) thought it was a first offer negotiation ploy. What is to be learned by this is clubs arent looking for a guy that can hit some but sucks defensively. Tigers could use him but also know that he will be damn cheap by the end. Braves should just tell them to fly a kite as they know they are being used in an effort to save some value.

  15. nate is great - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Damon says he is a big Yzerman and Redwings fan. Well change the usual Journey song in the second intermission of the rwings home games to “he s a big city boy, born and raised in south orlando. He took the free-agent train to anywhere”

  16. fred117 - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    You’re probably right on BloodySock. I’d bet those are exactly the offers Boras is counting. This guy’s reputation is so shot he can’t even get his clients market-value now.

  17. Omar Minaya - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    Can Yzerman play first base or catch? Please Mr. Wilpon, can I sign him?

  18. BC - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Back to the Yankees for $3.5mil to $4mil 1 year, with a team option for another year at the same price, or a buyout. Just my guess.

  19. mook - Feb 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    Let’s see – the Tigers send Granderson to New York and get some questionable value and”potential” player in the deal. New York in turn, now sees Damon as expendable and Boras (the genius he is) fails to see the writing on the wall and bluffs Damon out of the Yankees. Now Boras with his hat, ego and bs comes calling to Atlanta, Detroit, and Tampa selling his brand of snake oil ( an outfielder? – that can’t throw but he loves Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings). Yeah – Boras needs to be in Washington with the politicians. Oh yeah and Boras know the Red Wings / Tigers owner – Mike Illich. I bet Mike is a whole lot smarter than that.
    And the Tigers traded Granderson because?

  20. mook - Feb 10, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Let’s see – the Tigers send Granderson to New York and get some questionable value and”potential” player in the deal. New York in turn, now sees Damon as expendable and Boras (the genius he is) fails to see the writing on the wall and bluffs Damon out of the Yankees. Now Boras with his hat, ego and bs comes calling to Atlanta, Detroit, and Tampa selling his brand of snake oil ( an outfielder? – that can’t throw but he loves Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings). Yeah – Boras needs to be in Washington with the politicians. Oh yeah and Boras know the Red Wings / Tigers owner – Mike Illich. I bet Mike is a whole lot smarter than that.
    And the Tigers traded Granderson because?

  21. Nasty Boy - Feb 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    BC, I don’t think the Yanks would even go for that. The way they have reloaded, at this point Damon would probably have to pay them that amount to take him back. Johnny, you should of done what Arod did last year, ditch Boras !!!!!

  22. Chipmaker - Feb 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    “It was a good run, Scott. Had to come to an end sometime.” — John Milton (played by Al Pacino), _The Devil’s Agent_.

  23. JBP - Feb 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Boras is a Jackass. This man could have gotten an offer from the Yankees for 2 years, his greed got in the way. Someone needs to remind him how A-Rod fired him when contract talk with the Yankees weren’t going anywhere with this guy. Have some balls Johnny and fire that Jackass.

  24. willmose - Feb 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Of course, Boras is the jackass. Doesn’t anybody think that perhaps, just perhaps, Damon is the jackass and Boras is just doing what his client tells him? BTW, sports bloggers NEVER lie. Most of the quotes I’ve read don’t come from Boras. They come from sport bloggers and/or writers quoting unnamed sources close to the negotiations who had a wet drean. I’m no Boras fan, but I do kind of wish he’d handled my last divorce. Also to JBP, Boras was not fired by A-Rod, Boras played bad cop to A-Rod’s good cop with the Yankees. Can somebody, anybody explain to me how Boras got snookered on the A-Rod contract with the Yankees? Boras is a master, he fleeced the Yankees on the A-Rod deal and most Yankees fans think it was win for the Yankees. Chocolate long johns for everyone.

  25. Mark - Feb 10, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Boras should run with Obammy these two tell more lies than any Dem I have ever seen. The all time liar goes to Clinton for the false earthquake magnitude back in 94 it was over 7.0 dickweed and the what is sex.

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