Abreu’s contract = Damon’s baseline
Ken Rosenthal (FOX Sports) speculates that super agent Scott Boras will ultimately use Bobby Abreu’s 2-year, $19M contract with the Angels as the baseline for Johnny Damon’s deal. Mike over at RAB considered this market influence a few weeks ago. In case you’re wondering, Damon was worth 3 WAR in 2009, while Abreu was worth 2.5 WAR.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees gave Damon a 2-year deal worth $20M. I would be against it, though. The Yankees parted ways with Bobby Abreu after 2008 because they feared an offensive decline and knew that his defense was already a tremendous liability (which it was). I don’t see how Damon is any different, really.
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