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The New York Daily News is considering Johnny Damon for DH

Jan 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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I put the headline that way because, really, there’s not much in this story to suggest that the Yankees are considering him nearly as much as the Daily News is.

The headline: “Yankees may bring back free agent Johnny Damon to play him as designated hitter.”  If you read the story, however, the basis for this is (a) the Yankees don’t have a set DH yet; and (b) Johnny Damon is capable of playing DH:

While a return to New York for Johnny Damon is possible, it is far from imminent. According to one source, the Yankees “haven’t evaluated our options or preferences yet”

Not that it couldn’t happen. Anything could happen and the Yankees could do worse than giving Damon a one-year deal.  There’s just no suggestion in the story at all that anyone in a position to do anything about it is, you know, actually considering it.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Thank you for placing this non story in its proper context. Unfortunately, in the off season baseball writers have little real news to chew on and have to speculate far too much.

    • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      They don’t have to. They do it because they like to. I’m sure we could both think of more productive ways for them to spend their time.

      • stex52 - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        I don’t know about you, but I feel much better with the thought that MLB sportswriters are at their computers speculating fruitlessly. Otherwise they would be out wandering the streets of our cities. The thought makes my skin crawl.

      • paperlions - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        Yeah, it’d be a shame if they got on the phone and did an interview with a current player or prospect to tell a story that isn’t generally known about that individual….that might require effort and a couple of hours.

      • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Poll results for “least respected professions:”

        5. used car salesmen
        4. bureaucrats
        3. lawyers
        2. sportswriters
        1. politicians

        Lawyers did unusually well this year, buoyed by the number of creditors that helped screw in bankruptcies.

      • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        they helped screw….

        Edit function!
        Edit function!

  2. gatorays - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    The yankees are just driving up his price.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Could it be. The NY Daily News hyping a story that isn’t based on fact. “Say it ain’t so, Joe”.

  4. bronxbomber213 - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Damon would be a perfect fit for the yanks with Jones getting LHP starts and Johnny getting RHP starts…if damon signs its an EASY 20-22 bombs in Yankee stadium if he stays healthy..the short porch is perfect for his swing…I would def take Damon back…he’s a good clubhouse guy and is just a player so to speak (his stealing 2 bags in one play against against the Phills in 09 won the yanks that series and that stuff can’t be taught!!!) I say bring him back if he’s willing to take a pay cut..but we all know that’s usually the deal breaker haha.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      bronxbomer – if you were only right about Damon’s potential power come the 2012 season. Unfortunately, through his 4 seasons in NY 2006/2009 he only averaged 19 HR’s and that was with an average PA per season of 631 per. As a part time DH given about 200 PA even for the Yankees I wouldn’t expect him to hit more then about 10 HR’s +/-. He was also a heck of a lot young back then.

      I’d take him back for about $1.5MM on a 1 year deal. Knowing what we can realistically expect from him.

      • bronxbomber213 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        yea ur right I just liked Damon alot when he played for the yanks and yea Pena may hit 30+ homers but how many K’s will he have..I like them both I’m just partial to Damon since he did well in new York..Pena couldn’t hit 230 for the cubs so I’m just sayin…the short porch will be ideal for either of them to be honest

    • b7p19 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Carlos Pena would hit more that 20-22 though. So, unless their is a salary budget problem here, I can’t imagine Damon is choice.

    • dluxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      “(his stealing 2 bags in one play against against the Phills in 09 won the yanks that series and that stuff can’t be taught!!!)”

      True that. That kind of talent is “God given.”

      • bronxbomber213 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        well obviously dluxx has never played the game cuz u would have understood that it was a heads up play recognizing that lidge wasn’t covering third and also realizing the fact that he could beat Pedro Feliz to 3rd when he had the ball 2 steps away from him so yea I stand by my comments that feel for the game/situation can’t be taught..but thanks anyway for the instructional video jackass!!!

      • dluxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Obviously bronxbomber has never been on this website before and doesn’t understand sarcasm/humor at all. But thanks for the overreaction, douchenozle. :)

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        How do you not like Domingo? A man who says “I like to wear my cleats tight like a condom: leaves little room for error”, is a great man. I don’t wanna be semi-pro….

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    For what it is worth, Heyman is reporting that the Yankees only have about $1 to $2 million to spend on a DH.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      That’s probably true. Until or unless Hal thinks there is an option out there to improve the team and then who really knows how much the Yankees have to spend.

      Also not that I place a lot of credence in the rumor for the link I posted below. But a trade with the Royals that includes Hughes and another piece for Billy Butler of KC might only require the Yankees to bump up their payroll for 2012 by $3 or $4MM dollars. Maybe not even that much depending on all the pieces.

      Food for thought.

  6. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    I like this rumor a whole lot more. If anyone’s interested read the link.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Let’s bring Johnny back. We only pretend to have a DH anyway.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      He can balance out the dugout bench. AJ sits at one end and Johnny at the other end. Just to make sure it doesn’t it over.

  8. sdelmonte - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Adding Damon would surely make the Daily News the team to beat in the NY Press League.

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