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More on Johnny Damon

By Frank Russo ~ January 12th, 2010. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

As mentioned by Mike Silva a few days ago, I spoke with several people within the Yankees organization last week in regards to the status of one Johnny Damon. I mentioned to Mike that while it appears that Brian Cashman has all but ruled out a Damon return, we were informed that there was still a “slight chance” that  “Johnny D.” could be back in pinstripes in 2010.

We spoke with our main Yankees source down in Tampa on Monday night, who again reiterated that the Yankees could still be amiable to bringing Damon back strictly on a one year deal in the $5 to $7 million range, similar to the one signed by Andy Pettitte last year, and that Brian Cashman was monitoring the situation to see how the market plays out.

Damon has been linked to several teams since he filed for free agency last November, including the Mets, White Sox and Giants, and more recently the Cubs, Kansas City, Braves and Angels. Many in the Yankees organization feel that the majority of these “rumors” have been “floated” by Scott Boras, who continues to hold firm with his demands for a multi-year deal for his client.
Several scouts and execs that I have spoken with recently believe that if Damon does return to New York, he will automatically take up his familiar number two position in the line-up, with Nick Johnson moving down to the sixth spot behind Jorge Posada, the projected number five hitter. This would give the Yankees an incredibly strong lineup. Personally, I would like to see Johnny back for at last one more go around to help defend the world championship next season.

Passing Thoughts
Rumor has it that the Yankees had internal discussions regarding Rick Ankiel, (another Boras client), but feel that he is just not the same player since he suffered injuries when he collided with an outfield wall last May. Ankiel, 30, hit .231 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 372 at-bats last season.

Good luck and best wishes go out to former Yankee Eric Hinske, who signed a one year deal with the Braves a few days ago. Hinske, one of games good guys, is also a good luck charm of sorts, as he made it to the World Series for the third straight season in 2009, winning his second world championship.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

4 Responses to More on Johnny Damon

  1. rick

    u got to bring damon back. gardner is terrible

  2. Adam

    Johnny Damon, besides being a great hitter, brings an intangible to the Yankees. He is personable and humorous, and, along with Swisher, has contributed to a more fun and less “corporate” attitude to the Yankees .

    He must be brought back, probably with an incentive laden contract.

  3. Howard Megdal

    Pettitte made about twice that last year in base salary.


  4. Anonymous


    I am taqlking about last seasons contract. the article you pointed to states the folloiwng

    “Pettitte had a $5.5 million base salary last season and earned $3 million in bonuses based on innings and $2 million for staying on the active roster the entire season. He missed $750,000 bonuses for 200 and 210 innings, finishing with 194 2-3.”

    The Yankees were/are thinking of giving Damon a similar contract with a “base salary” similary to Pettitte’s from last year, layered with incentives.


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