Via Bryan Hoch –
Johnny Damon was hoping to find his team by the end of this week, and it appears that his employer will not be the Yankees.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman all but closed the door on Damon’s four-year tenure in pinstripes on Tuesday, telling MLB.com that the free-agent outfielder remains out of the club’s financial reach.
“I’m not having any discussions on him,” Cashman said in a telephone interview. “His abilities exceed the money that I have.”
Cashman said the Yankees’ main priority for the remainder of the offseason is acquiring a right-handed bat to help their outfield mix, which will likely send Damon in search of a new home.
Looks like Cashman is guarding that 2010 Yankees “budget” like Hassan secured the Sultan’s treasure cave in Ali Baba Bunny.
Open, Sarsaparilla…Open, Saskatchewan…Open, Septuagenarian…Open, Saddle Soap…
Com’on Brian, you do remember how to open up the budget, don’tcha?
It’s “Open Steinbrenner!” (Shoot, that worked when you needed the half-billion last year to sign Burnett, Sabathia and Teixeira.)