• Heyman: Yanks Give Damon This Weekend To Accept Low-Ball Offer Before They Sign Another OF Next Week

    Posted by on January 23rd, 2010 · Comments (20)

    Check out Brian Cashman going Muammar al-Gaddafi and issuing a “Line of Death” for Johnny Damon’s return to the Yankees. Via Jon Heyman

    Johnny Damon and the Yankees spoke again within the past few days, and Damon now has been given the weekend to decide whether he wants to come back on a bargain deal.

    The chances he will accept a low-base contract for a few million dollars (probably no more than $5 million guaranteed) from the Yankees still appear slim, so Damon’s tenure with the team could officially end early next week.

    The Yankees plan to sign an outfielder from the remaining list of free agents that includes Reed Johnson, Randy Winn, Xavier Nady, Jim Edmonds and Jermaine Dye by mid-week if Damon doesn’t call them in the next couple days, say people familiar with the situation. The Yankees and Damon spoke by phone late this week and the team is still interested in bringing him back, but only at the right price.

    The Yankees are telling free agents they have about $2 million left in their budget. While they may be able to find a few more dollars for Damon, any offer they make wouldn’t be close to what he’s been seeking, so the chances for a deal back in New York still appear pretty remote.

    Damon, 37, last month asked the Yankees for $20 million on a two-year deal after hit a career-high 24 home runs, scored 100 runs for the 10th time in his career and helped the Yankees win in their 27th World Series title, but the Yankees were in the process of signing Nick Johnson at that time and said no.

    Jim Edmonds? Really? What’s a matter, Jose Cruz Sr. – yes, Sr. and not Jr. – doesn’t want to come out of retirement? And, Karim Garcia is off the market? So, the Yankees are going to let Johnny Damon walk and replace him with a 40-year old Edmonds who sat out last year? Really?

    Betcha it’s Rocco Baldelli or Reed Johnson…which is six of one, half-dozen of the other. Stay tuned…

    Comments on Heyman: Yanks Give Damon This Weekend To Accept Low-Ball Offer Before They Sign Another OF Next Week

    1. YankCrank
      January 23rd, 2010 | 6:56 pm

      This is no surprise.

      With Ankiel signing it seems like the secondary outfield market is starting to get moving. Cashman has waited for this all winter, and now he needs to act on the final piece to the ’10 Yankees.

      It all comes down to Johnny. If he can get more than what the Yankees are offering, take it and congratulations. Thanks for the memories, big guy.

      But if the Yanks “low ball offer” is anywhere close to $5 million guaranteed he’d be smart to jump on it. I don’t see any available teams willing to offer that much, at least not yet.

    2. clintfsu813
      January 23rd, 2010 | 7:07 pm

      Cmon Johnny..take the F-ing money and lets get to it.

    3. MJ
      January 23rd, 2010 | 7:58 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Cmon Johnny..take the F-ing money and lets get to it.

      Absolutely. PLEASE take the damn money. Better you than overpaying scrubs like Baldelli, Johnson or Edmonds.

      Seriously, if the Yanks end up with Edmonds I don’t ever want to hear the words “younger and more athletic” ever again because it’s clearly a lie. At that point, it makes the decision to pass on Mike Cameron all the more unforgivable.

    4. Raf
      January 23rd, 2010 | 8:33 pm

      I don’t see the Yanks signing Edmonds, since he is a LH bat. Unless the player signed is a starter caliber player (like Damon), the OF’er signed will probably be the RH part of a Gardner platoon, or a 5th, 6th OF’er.

    5. January 23rd, 2010 | 9:49 pm
    6. 77yankees
      January 23rd, 2010 | 10:29 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Eric Byrnes doesn’t enter that mix as well. Just imagine him and Swisher in the same clubhouse……..Decaf, please.

      Btw, maybe the Yanks would have more than “$2 million” for Damon if the genius GM had let Kei Igawa and his bust contract walk to San Diego two years ago.

    7. MJ
      January 23rd, 2010 | 10:33 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Btw, maybe the Yanks would have more than “$2 million” for Damon if the genius GM had let Kei Igawa and his bust contract walk to San Diego two years ago.

      Although I’m with you in not quite understanding why Igawa is being left to die in Scranton when he could’ve been unloaded a few years ago, I don’t agree that it’s any one thing keeping the Yanks from spending more than “$2M”. Igawa was here last year when the Yanks committed $423M in future monies to three players and he was here two years ago when they committed $300M to Alex Rodriguez. Clearly, Igawa isn’t the impediment you say he is. Dead weight and worthless to the franchise? Yes. A financial roadblock? Not quite.

    8. Rich
      January 23rd, 2010 | 10:49 pm

      That Teflon GM is about a receive a brand new WS ring.

    9. January 23rd, 2010 | 10:51 pm

      @ Rich:
      $200 million will buy you a lot of nice and shiny things. ;-)

    10. Rich
      January 23rd, 2010 | 10:55 pm

      @Steve

      That’s true. In fact, I’m the person who came up with NoMaas’ “If we had $200 million to burn…” thing, but I think it’s hard to dispute that the Yankees have spent the money far more wisely since he gained more power at the end of the 2005 season.

    11. January 23rd, 2010 | 10:57 pm

      @ Rich:
      Tom Verducci disagrees. ;-)

    12. 77yankees
      January 23rd, 2010 | 11:02 pm

      That’s my thing. How does BC play this $2 million budget game of chicken for LF when it’s a bunch of nonsense? – you know it, I know it. It’s just posturing – I’ve said it all along, until JD signs with another team, he’s still in the picture.

      Remember how the Yanks said they wouldn’t re-negotiate with A-Rod when he opted out? Then what happened – it’s not like they found $300M lying around in the petty cash drawer? Never say never in Yankee-land.

      If it comes down to JD for one year, $4-5M, or any of those other alternatives for $2M, what do you think BC opts for?

    13. Evan3457
      January 23rd, 2010 | 11:27 pm

      I, too, am hoping things can be worked out with Damon for a 1-year deal.

      If not, I’d take Reed Johnson. He’s a tolerable defender in center, a good defender in left, and a good platoon partner for Gardner.

      If Gardner doesn’t hit, though, that creates a problem for Cashman to solve around mid-season or so.

    14. Evan3457
      January 23rd, 2010 | 11:28 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ Rich:
      Tom Verducci disagrees.

      Tom Verducci is wrong.

    15. YankCrank
      January 24th, 2010 | 12:51 am

      Raf wrote:

      I don’t see the Yanks signing Edmonds, since he is a LH bat. Unless the player signed is a starter caliber player (like Damon), the OF’er signed will probably be the RH part of a Gardner platoon, or a 5th, 6th OF’er.

      Absolutely agree. If Edmonds is a Yankee, it’ll be asa non-roster invitee…but I don;t even see that happening. Our next outfielder will either be a starter like Damon or a 4th outfielder who can swing righty. That’s what we’re looking at here.

    16. 77yankees
      January 24th, 2010 | 1:11 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      If Gardner doesn’t hit, though, that creates a problem for Cashman to solve around mid-season or so.

      Bingo….and would you want the Yanks to have to sacrifice Jesus Montero to get a David DeJesus or whatever in July??

    17. Raf
      January 24th, 2010 | 2:36 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:

      If Gardner doesn’t hit, though, that creates a problem for Cashman to solve around mid-season or so.

      Bingo….and would you want the Yanks to have to sacrifice Jesus Montero to get a David DeJesus or whatever in July??

      That isn’t going to happen given that OF’ers are easy to replace.

    18. shaked
      January 24th, 2010 | 9:16 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:

      If Gardner doesn’t hit, though, that creates a problem for Cashman to solve around mid-season or so.

      Bingo….and would you want the Yanks to have to sacrifice Jesus Montero to get a David DeJesus or whatever in July??

      I’d rather have Gardy not hitting than Damon broken down on the bench at $5 million per year. I don’t even like Gardner either, but if you want to make trades at the deadline, I’d rather have that $5 million free to take on a dump than have it spent on a player on the DL.

    19. GDH
      January 24th, 2010 | 10:17 am

      One year at 5-7 gets this done, and Johnny comes marching home. Like him or not, he’s by far the best LF for us in the market. I don’t see him breaking down – if anything it only creates a bit of a DH jam. So what – the Yankees blew their “budget” by 4 million? BFD.

    20. YankCrank
      January 24th, 2010 | 11:23 am

      From what I just read in the NYPost (take this with a grain of salt, obviously), Cashman may have reached out to Boras to see how low of an offer Damon would accept to come back to the Bronx, meaning the Yanks want to get a move on with their final piece to the roster. Boras came back with his usual two or three mystery team crap, and that’s where this Cashman response came from:

      “How long it’s taking certain people to wake up and smell the coffee, that’s what surprises me. When you get on the phone with agents, they tell you one thing, and certain agents can’t honestly believe what they’re trying to convey. Do they think I’m stupid?”

      If that’s the case, and Boras is still playing this mystery team crap when it’s almost February and nobody has expressed genuine interest in Damon, it may be time to start moving on for real.

      My God Damon and Boras, how delusional can you be?

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