From Joel Sherman (NY Post):
So much for the hometown discount. The Yankees have been hoping Johnny Damon’s desire to stay a Yankee is great enough that he agrees to return on a one- or, at most, two-year contract.However, his representative, Scott Boras, hardly sounded like Damon was going to be a short-term bargain for the Yankees. Instead, he compared his client to Derek Jeter and sounded an awful lot like someone who expects a three- or four-year deal for Damon.
If that is indeed the case, then the Yankees and Damon are very likely heading for divorce this offseason. The Yankees are concerned about how Damon’s desire and body will hold up under another long-term contract plus they have overall worries about tying up too many thirtysomething players long-term and facing an aging cataclysm in around 2012-13.
Sherman goes on to say that Damon’s agent, Scott Boras, is trying to link Damon and Derek Jeter together so as to make it seem as though the two players are reliant upon each other (and, therefore, the Yankees lineup is reliant upon Johnny Damon). Thus if you lose Damon, according to Boras’ logic, Jeter’s production will suffer. Sherman also notes that Boras cited Jorge Posada’s 4-year deal as a comparable contract for Damon—Posada was given the deal when he was 36—although it’s much harder to find a good hitting catcher than it is an offensively solid yet defensively inept left fielder. That contract was signed prior to the 2008 offseason, as well, which is when the free agent market really bottomed out (just ask Bobby Abreu).
In the end, a depressed market—not Boras—will ultimately dictate Damon’s deal. If he wants too many years and too much money, you let him walk (I’m opposed to him returning at all). It shouldn’t be a hard decision given his flaws.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees