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Brian Cashman on Johnny Damon: “There’s not a clear role for him here”

Dec 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed reports that he’s been in touch with Johnny Damon‘s agent, but called it “just part of our canvassing process” and downplayed the outfielder’s chances of returning to New York.

“It’s something we do with every free agent,” Cashman told Wallace Matthews of “I can’t tell you if anything’s going to happen there. There’s not a clear role for him here.”

Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher are established as the Yankees’ starters in the outfield and Jorge Posada is expected to be the primary designated hitter, leaving no room for Damon in a regular role unless a trade occurs. He could potentially serve as a bench player, but the Yankees would likely want a right-handed hitter to fill that role and Damon has also indicated that he has other teams offering him starting gigs.

  1. dodger88 - Dec 23, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    The only way Damon makes sense in NY if they move one of Gardner/Granderson/Swisher to acquire a pitcher and if they did they would be downgrading their defense.

  2. Panda Claus - Dec 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Reading between the lines of Cashman’s comments, it’s as if he’s saying, “Johnny, maybe you should check into that ‘energy squad’ thing in Detroit first”.

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