Yanks, Damon still worlds apart in negotiations


In his blog today, Buster Olney writes that the Yankees and free agent Johnny Damon are still very far apart in negotiations, mostly because Scott Boras is sticking to the idea of a four year deal. Olney points out that only one free agent (Chone Figgins) has gotten a deal that long this offseason, and I’ll point out that Boras was looking for seven years the last time Damon was free agent. The pickup of Curtis Granderson allows the Yanks to put some pressure on Damon, however it doesn’t look like there will be an agreement made anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Mark Feinsand mentions that Hideki Matsui is willing to accept a one year deal. I love Godzilla, but I’m happy he’s accepted that that’s the best offer he’s going to get at this point in his career. The Yanks may only have about $14M left to spend this offseason, so there might not be room for both of Damon and Matsui.

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  1. Evil Empire says:

    Reality, Damon, still worlds apart in negotiations.


  3. DP says:

    Offer him 5/100. What is it with you people and budgets? You spend thousands of dollars on the team every year. Do you really care how much they spend on players? Does it really matter to you? Its the YANKEES. If they go the strict LF route, they are going to trade for Grady Sizemore and put Granderson in LF. Everyone on here sucks!

    /Inevitable Bo logic we’re headed for

    • Bo says:

      But seriously DP if you want to have a discussion thats fine.

      Does it really affect you or anyone here with how much the Yankees spend on players?

      Would giving Damon 50 million for 1 yr really damage u?

      If they paid him 1 mill dou honestly think they would lower prices or anything??

      No ones privy to their books. Id much rather see the team spend their revenue rather than pocket it like other teams. Be grateful the team understands that business concept, bud. Even Eric with his far left views semi understands that.

      • Even Eric with his far left views semi understands that.

        FACT: Nancy Pelosi and I regularly engage in disgusting, amoral sex play games. Her safe-word is “conference committee”.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

          you know eric, the thing i like about you is you’re so far to the left and i’m so far to the right…we’re standing next to each other.

          now hand me the machine gun and give me some leather gloves…

          oh, and to stay on topic, NO, we just dont need JD anymore…sorry dude, but that boat sailed.

          the market for Yankee DH’s is 5-7.5M, one year. yes you can have it if you sign now, no you can’t have it if Matsui signs first…i was totally for a 2 year deal avg 8-10 before, but now we have Granderson, and Melky/Gardener/Hoffman can all play left field, so, um…kthxbai.

          For all sorts of reasons, I would love to see the Yanks save a little $ here…if nothing else, it helps to hide the ostentatious nature of this business in an economically challenged time. We don’t need Damon a little less than we don’t need Doc…arguing over how much we don’t need him is like arguing which extra bullpen arm is 5th or 6th on the depth chart, or which of 2 4th OF’s actually gets to play LF today.


          but…since its still december…lets argue until the catchers/pitchers report timer gets put up on RAB.

          i say melky.

  4. If Matsui takes the one year deal and Damon won’t after another round of negotiations, sign Matsui, and (as much as I don’t want to do this) maybe roll with Melky in LF at least to start the year. Having a strong DH bat like Matsui to back up his lack of offense out of LF would be good.

  5. Doug says:

    in the end, damon will end up signing a 2 year deal for a penny more than abreu signed for (just because)

  6. Drew says:

    I’d give em 4 years. 4/20.

    If JD doesn’t get Boras on a leash he is going to be playing somewhere in a baseball oblivion.

    I just want a DH, whether it’s JD, Dek or even some of the other DH types that are out there. Our OF is great right now. We just need a hitter. If he can play the OF occasionally it’s even better but in no way is it a necessity.

    • Colombo says:

      There is no way JD gets 4 years from anyone. He’s a liability in the field at this point, and, aside from YS3, his bat is pedestrian.

  7. Steve H says:

    Even if Conor Jackson isn’t non-tendered, that fact that it’s a possibility tells you something about what the D-Backs are thinking. What would he cost in a trade, I wouldn’t think it would be too much. He can play LF against LHP as he has ops’d .866 in his career against LHP.

  8. PaaakmaaaN says:

    I just want the Yankees to get either Damon or Matsui cheap:)

  9. E-ROC says:

    I like Mike Cameron more at this point. The outfield defense would be improved with Cameron in center and Granderson in left field. The Yankees could sign a non-tendered player for the DH like Ryan Garko or Jonny Gomes. Each of those players would get the playing time that they may covet.

  10. Mike bk says:

    If we have 14 mil officially a combo of Matsui and Cameron is easily done because it shouldnt cost more than 16-18, melky and his upcoming 3 mil gets dealt and you end up around 15 mil.

  11. mike c says:

    Damon/Matsui + Sheets. Do it!

  12. Mike bk says:

    “Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says Damon seeks three years, $39MM or four years, $52MM, while the Yanks are at two years, $19MM (Bobby Abreu’s contract).”

    Boras must have some set of brass balls.

  13. Bo says:

    The Yankees and Damon will work out a nice 2 yr deal with a club option. He’ll go back to being the best #2 hitter in the league and the guy perfect for this lineup. He’ll play LF for 90 or so games and DH the rest.

    And Mike Cameron can enjoy playing in Wrigley Field. Even though we may have a day of mourning here.

    • If the Yankees sign Cameron, are you going to root against him just because you don’t like the people who want the Yankees to sign him? It really seems, at this point, like your aversion to Cameron has as much or more to do with a personal grudge than it does with baseball. All these guys here can vouch for the fact that I was probably the first one to raise concerns about Cameron, so I’m not killing you just because I like Cameron (which I do) and you don’t… But I think you need to take a step back and keep things in perspective and engage the issue instead of engaging the other commenters here.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

        i didnt see that, i think we need to lighten up on him (engage the issue instead of other commenters)…

        why are we bidding against ourselves? we need to set a deadline, and let it be known publicly we need one more bat, and our best options right now are X, Y and Z, and our budget only allows for $ABC Millions, and our flexibility only offers LMN years. The first player/agent team to prove they can do algebra gets a contract.

        It’s not the Yankee way, but i feel like the Yankees undervalue being A YANKEE as part of their negotiations…

        • “i didnt see that, i think we need to lighten up on him (engage the issue instead of other commenters)…”

          Fair enough, but the point is that Bo seems to attach his feelings about Cameron to his feelings/dislike of commenters… He seems to dislike Cameron, at least in part, because he dislikes people who like Cameron, whereas I don’t think anyone likes Cameron because they dislike Bo.

  14. dkidd says:

    damon 2/20 or cameron 1/10?

    i go with damon (barely) because he fits so nicely in the 2 spot

    i have no problem with melky as the starting lf, but posada’s catching 120 games max, so that’s 40+ games with melky and movelli in the line-up

  15. steve s says:

    While asking for 4 years sounds pretty absurd and no sane team should give him that amount of years, Damon does have a fairly good chance to reach 3,000 hits if he plays 4 more years which, in turn, punches his ticket to the HOF. Perhaps a creative way of dealing with this is to offer him a 4 year deal with buyouts at the end of each year that kick-in or not based on performance related criteria. If he is washed-up after one or 2 Yanks can cut their losses; if he is still performing the Yanks have cornered the market on the next 3, 3,000 hit guys (with Arod and Jeter) and you can add another Yankee HOF plaque and retired number to the list.

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