(CBS4) BOSTON CBS4′s Dan Roche is reporting that Johnny Damon has agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Yankees.
Story to come.
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It was posted there, at the CBS site, at 10:23 pm EST. It’s now almost 40 minutes later. If true, you think it would be all over the place in that amount of time.
Very interesting though.
UPDATE, 12/20 11:10 pm EST: The AP is running with this now too:
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees grabbed center fielder Johnny Damon away from the rival Boston Red Sox, reaching a preliminary agreement Tuesday night on a $52 million, four-year contract.
Details of the deal were still being negotiated and Damon must pass a physical, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity because negotiations were not yet final.
I guess that “before X-mas” vibe that I had was not so far off after all!
UPDATE, 12/20 11:15 pm EST: Newsday’s got it now as well:
Johnny Damon and the Yankees have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, Newsday has learned.
I said in the past that I would have been OK with three years. I guess four is close enough to three.
One thing is for sure – the guy is not going to melt in the media. That won’t be an issue. And, he’s another bat – and that will help.
The money? Thirteen million a year seems like a lot. But, if it was ten a year, that would have been a good deal for the Yankees. So, what’s another three a year on top of that? Bernie made $12 million last year. It’s almost a wash.
Meanwhile, Johnny was an on-base machine at Fenway Park the last four years.
That is a tad concerning. Then again, Wade Boggs made the adjustment in 1993 with no problem.