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Johnny Damon and Brian Cashman hug it out

Mar 29, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes that Johnny Damon and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman “met for about 10 minutes behind the batting cage yesterday.”
They reportedly cleared the air following unsuccessful offseason negotiations that saw Damon end up with the Tigers. In fact, according to Sherman “the two parted with a hug” and Cashman later called Damon “a great guy.”
Early in the offseason Damon and agent Scott Boras held out for more money and a longer contract than the Yankees were willing to offer the 36-year-old outfielder and by the time their demands changed Cashman had moved on to Nick Johnson and Randy Winn.
Damon eventually signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Tigers, which is a price the Yankees almost surely would have paid had he been willing to accept that same deal in November rather than mid-February. Johnson and Winn will make a combined $6.6 million this season.
“Everything is good now,” Damon said. “No problems.”

  1. Jonny5 - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    And Reggie Jackson was talking “Yankee talk” with Jayson Werth over the weekend. Stay the “F” away NY!!!!

  2. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Too late. If Reggie touched him, or worse, if he has already implanted a Borg mind control capsule in his brain set to release a stream of extension dollars upon a signal from the mothership, Werth is half Borg already.
    .
    As far as Damon is concerned, that’s just so Cliff Klingenhagen about him. Johnny has apparently learned how to swallow the wormwood of his and his agent’s colossal clusterfuck and still smile about it.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Johnny has apparently learned how to swallow the wormwood of his and his agent’s colossal clusterfuck and still smile about it.

    For $8M, you’d swallow it too. Wait, that didn’t come out right…
    @ Jonny5

    And Reggie Jackson was talking “Yankee talk” with Jayson Werth over the weekend. Stay the “F” away NY!!!!

    Quoting Dave Chappelle, “gotcha bitch!”

  4. Jonny5 - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Hopefilly he was wearing his batting helmet.
    COPO, Quoting Dice Clay, “Suck my #$%@”

  5. Big Harold - Mar 29, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Give JD some credit. Things blew up in his face but he’s being a grown up about it. Besides, if Johnson burns down this season with injury there is always a chance he could find his way back to the Yankees.
    Damon seems to understand that what happens on the field and in the clubhouse is baseball and everything else, as was said eloquently put in the Godfather; “it ain’t personal it’s just business”.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Yeah, and that’s also what Charley Partanna’s dad said to him in Prizzi’s Honor when Charley gasped, “You want me to whack my own wife???”

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