For Damon, if not New York, maybe San Fran?
Earlier today, I wrote about Johnny Damon’s desire to play for another 3-4 years.
A few hours later, we now have the following from rumor-specialist, Jon Heyman (SI):
Meanwhile, the Yankees, who were hoping to get Damon on a two-year deal, say they are “absolutely” not going to offer four to Damon, whose signing with the Yankees doesn’t seem like such a surety at the moment. As for money, the Yankees also have been thinking about a deal that might top out at about $10 million a year. But coming off a superb season, Damon doesn’t seem to feel he deserves a cut from $13 million. The Giants, who badly need a productive outfielder, appear to have emerged as one potential competitor.
If Damon is seeking a 3-4 year deal from the Yankees, he certainly won’t get it. Heyman doesn’t refer to a 3-year deal in this piece, discussing only a 4-year contract, but all reports, thus far, indicate that the Yankees are only willing to offer, at most, a 2-year deal to their “former” left fielder. Obviously, we can all understand Damon’s desire for more years and more money since, as he put it, the Yankees have “all the resources in the world” and financial security is a must. However, desires aren’t always fully realized and the Yankees simply can’t afford to lock themselves into a multiyear deal with an outfielder approaching 40. This isn’t a slight to Damon, instead, it’s a matter of practicality.
Therefore, perhaps we’ll see Damon playing “defense” behind Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain next season?
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