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The Yankees have spoken with Johnny Damon, but it’s “unlikely” he’d return to the Bronx

Dec 23, 2010, 6:34 AM EDT

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UPDATE:  The Daily News is reporting that, despite the contact between Damon and the Yankees, Damon in New York is “unlikely” and that “there just isn’t enough playing time” for him in the Bronx.

Wednesday, 6:58 PM: Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday heard from a source Wednesday that the Yankees have spoken with the representatives for free agent Johnny Damon about a possible reunion.

A deal is “not close” and “far from guaranteed,” however, because the Yanks can only offer Damon limited looks at designated hitter (where Jorge Posada is expected to start most nights) and in left field (where Brett Gardner has proven himself worthy of everyday playing time).  Damon is thought to be looking for more of a regular gig.

The 37-year-old veteran batted .285/.363/.458 with 77 total home runs over four seasons with the Yankees from 2006-2009, but he finished with an unremarkable .277/.355/.401 line over 539 at-bats this past year in Detroit.  He’s also a very poor defensive outfielder.

The free agent market is nothing more than a scrap heap at this point, but the Yankees can do better in their search for bench players.  Or utilitymen.  Or whatever Damon would be in New York.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    I thought Detroit was where he always wanted to be. This nothing more then a feel good story. They need a pitcher, not an over the hill part time outfielder/DH. I’ll bet you that 2 year contract at $7M per that he turned down from the Yankees is looking pretty good right about now. If he hooks up with a team it’s going to be for probably about $2 or $3M.

    • Drew Silva - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

      $2M or $3M might be generous. If he no longer has his power stroke, what is he good for?

      • uyf1950 - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

        I have no idea. Maybe Texas might be interested in him as a DH if they can’t sign Vlad.

      • Drew Silva - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

        Yeah. That’d be a helluva downgrade.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

        Is Thome still available?

      • Drew Silva - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:37 PM


      • uyf1950 - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:39 PM

        Well there goes Damon. Let’s see Vlad, Thome or Damon.

      • Drew Silva - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:43 PM

        Maybe Damon will only get offers from non-contenders and decide he wants another run at a ring. I don’t know.

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM

      Maybe the Yankees are going to trade away an OF for a pitcher, and will need a “Damonish” platoon OF to help take the place of whomever is traded.

      Gardener for Blanton? That may just be a nice trade.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Dec 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Another Festivus Miracle!

    • Glenn - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:03 PM

      Let’s see how Damon does on the “Feat of Strength” before he gets inked to any deal. Mr Costanza is tough competition.

  3. jh0088 - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    I’ve run out of tears to shed over the Yankee off season so I just plucked two short nose hairs to bring tears to my eyes over the thought of Johnny Damon in that outfield again,

  4. jh0088 - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    and WTH is up with that faux hawk in this picture? Johnny, my seven year old nephew won’t even let his mother get him one of those because they stopped being remotely cool in 2008.

  5. pisano - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Please dear God say it ain’t so.This crap with not being able to land a pitcher is bad enough, but bringing Damon back might be enough to make me jump ship.

  6. nyyankeefanforever - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Davidoff’s “source” is Scott Boras, Damon’s agent, and it’s his classic last-gasp strategy to drum up interest for his has-been clients. Has everybody already forgotten all the alleged mystery teams suddenly attributed to “sources” interested in JD when the Yankees gave him their final two-year take-it-or-leave-it offer just 10 months ago — just before Cashman walked away and he wound up settling for a one-year contract for less in Detroit (yes, where “he ALWAYS wanted to play”…LOL). Classic Boras. And all BS. The Damon/Matsui salary dump was a now forgotten but brilliantly timed master stroke by Cashman, one for which he got slammed mercilessly at the time. For a look back at Damon’s history of insincerity and paycheck chasing that led to his being cut loose by the Yankees for the Motown scrapheap (and his final con job of a stupid owner) a year ago, check out:

    28 in 2011!!

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