From Buster Olney:
Two things: No. 1, the NYY never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, and No. 2, there has been no recent contact between NYY and Johnny Damon.
The tidbit about Damon is to be expected, in that I doubt that the Yankees would be negotiating with Damon even if they actually wanted him back. They would be more likely to let Damon sit and fret upon the open market until he crawls back to them at a significantly reduced rate. Regarding Hairston, the Yankees lack of interest in him makes perfect sense. With players such as Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, and Kevin Russo in the system, the Yankees are equipped to handle their utility role internally, at the league minimum. While Hairston is likely to be better than any of those players in 2010, the difference is minimal, such that saving funds for other areas or for an in-season move makes plenty of sense.
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