Damon Bits: Will he return to New York?
Here are a few Johnny Damon-related items on the morning:
- SI‘s Jon Heyman writes that the Yankees are not optimistic Damon will return on a low base salary.
- He also adds that Hal Steinbrenner – the man dictating the team’s spending – is sticking to the budget.
- The market for Damon has been very tepid. Ben Reiter casts Damon’s defense as the main reason why.
- Yesterday, ESPN‘s Buster Olney noted that the A’s could pursue Damon if they do not sign Ben Sheets.
- I bring that up because Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle, using her own source, echoes Olney’s claim.
- Pete Caldera spoke with Brian Cashman yesterday and believes that a Damon return is very unlikely.
When asked about the Yankees’ plans for left field, Cashman told Caldera that he has “very little dollars I can spend with.” When pressed further, he added, ““I’m open to talking to anybody willing to play within the financial structure of what’s left. This is the amount of money I’ve got” (Cashman never disclosed an exact figure). If we are to take Cashman’s assertion seriously, it seems as though a Damon return is out of the question, for he continues to seek a sum much greater than what the Yankees are prepared to offer. This would leave the organization searching (still) for a right-handed compliment-type (e.g., Reed Johnson, etc.), although a trade could be employed to address their current “need” (however, a signing is probably a more likely at this point).
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