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Lots of mild interest in Johnny Damon, nothin’ serious

Feb 6, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

Two years ago, about 77% of our January-February posts were about Johnny Damon. This year? Not a ton, really. Aging is hard.

But after all of the ink we spilled back then — our first offseason on this blog — I still sort of feel like this is Johnny Damon season.  So I pass along the word from Jim Bowden:

Of course, no one seems all that serious.

Last we heard he wanted $5 million.  Seems pretty unlikely he’ll get that. He could still help someone though, so while some of the many DH-types may be without teams this year, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him sign a cheap deal before spring training begins.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Ah, well. As Hal’s unofficial representative, how about $1.5M for part time DH? Gotta soft spot for the ol’ Idiot, somehow.

    • djpostl - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      if they can get him for 2 mil or less would be great dh platoon with andruw jones. You’d prob get 25-30 HRs out of dh spot between the two

    • uyf1950 - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      yankeesfanlen, my friend. In the words of the ever popular Kenny Rogers: “you got to know when to hold them, know when to fold, know when to walk away, know when to run”. It’s time for the Yankees to walk away from Damon.

      • phukyouk - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        I disagree with ya buddy… i think for 2 Mil + Incentives he would be a very good pickup. i mean he still got a but of pop left in him. he would play MAYBE 80-90 games and has a great clubhouse presence. i mean whats the worst that can happen? he sucks and they release him? i say for 2 Mil go for it.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        phukyouk, I see where you’re coming from. But personally I’d like to see the Yankees go with Ibanez if they want to get someone on the wrong side of 37. Ibanez hits right handed pitching pretty well and for fair power and can still play the field “if necessary” the emphasis on “IF necessary”. Of course if all depends on the money regardless of who it is. I wouldn’t pay anymore than $1.5MM for any of them. If that’s not good enough let them go in house with Jorge Vazquez for peanuts.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Olney is reporting that next week, the Yankees will be in a position to add one of Ibanez, Damon or Matsui. Spring training is almost upon us, so if they are going to add someone, it will be soon.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        proudly, that probably means at least 1 of the 3 came down in their asking price to about $2MM maybe a little less. It’s amazing how little interest or demand there has been for these guys.

      • bigharold - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        I agree that if they can get Damon for about 2 mil it’s well worth it, unless they think there is somebody in the minors that they think can get it done.

        Frankly, his swing is perfect for Yankee stadium and he’s a gamer. Also, Damon shines in big moments which is exactly what you need coming off the bench. If they are going to go out and get a veteran, .. Damon would be my pick.

      • oldyankee77 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Nice to see you over here. I like your reasoning very much. Johnny is not playing for a few very solid reasons. One is, he and others think to much of themselves, (not meant to be as harsh as it may read). Johnny was a great clubhouse guy, when he was an everyday player. Can he handle playing part time and how will he handle it, can he handle it? :)

      • mlblogspauly - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        you are out of your mind. He is still viable offensively. $2 to 3 million one year deal is a good outlay.

  2. patsandsox - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Could sure use in him Left Field in Boston for now, then move him into right field. He would also be great for that club house.

    I am pretty sure he doesnt want to return and after all the booing I cannot say I blame him. So it wont happen but it should

    • quintjs - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      if Damon were to resign with Boston most of the booing would probably stop. It would start again if they put him in RF. Every base hit to RF would be an inside the park home run, as it would take that long for Damon to return the ball to home plate.

    • bigharold - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      I like Damon and certainly appreciated his contributions as a Yankee but he didn’t have the arm for RF in Fenway 10 years ago, he sure can’t hack it there now.

      He does however have the perfect arm for Fenway in LF, .. but the RS have too much invested Crawford to mess around with trying him in RF. And, for the record Crawford’s arm isn’t good enough for LF in Fenway.

      • bigharold - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        Correction; .. Crawford’s arm isn’t good enough for RF in Fenway.

    • yankeebabygirl - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      NO WAY would he return to Boston. Damon is always a Yankee to New York fans, no matter where he plays, but NOT Boston.

  3. brewcrewbombers - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I think it be hilarious to see him go back to Oakland.

  4. fishtacos4me - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Maybe if the dude didn’t look like a caveman, someone would want him.

  5. takingbovadasmoney - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    He might look like a caveman, but I have it on good information that he is in the best shape of his life.

  6. phukmerunning - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Geico might give Damon 2 mil a year to be there new cave man. Now that would be funny!

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