A very desperate Damon
Yesterday, the lovable Scott Boras took to the media in order to try and find his client, the 36-year old outfielder, Johnny Damon, a well furnished home. Speaking to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, Boras connected Damon to the Tigers, who could presumably use a reliable left fielder. “Johnny believes the addition of him to Detroit’s lineup would make the Tigers a winner,” said the agent. “I can make the Detroit Tigers a winner,” Boras stated, quoting his still homeless outfielder. Strangely, though, while Boras often utilizes an assortment of media channels in order to talk up his customers, doing so to a geographically specific news outlet – one that is based in Detroit – was somewhat atypical. In this instance, Boras attempted to peddle Damon to one particular party rather than to a series of parties, and, when one asks why, exactly, this occurred, the reasoning seems fairly clear. While they would be loathe to admit it, Johnny Damon is currently desperate to find a new team for 2010 and Boras’ latest is representative of that.
As stated by ESPN’s Buster Olney, “The fact that Boras told the Detroit News how much Damon wants to play for the Tigers is being read, within the industry, as a sign that Damon isn’t exactly flush with options right now.” The Rays, Jays, Braves, and Tigers, in no particular order, are perceived as the only teams with any sort of interest in Damon, however, given Boras’ conversation with Lynn Henning, one wonders just how enthusiastic the cited parties really are about the 36-year old outfielder. The apparent lack of legitimate interest in Damon has sparked hope in those who still wish to see a Yankees-Damon reunion. Joe at River Ave Blues wrote about the idea yesterday while Joel Sherman of the NY Post contemplates the situation in his latest piece. While such a scenario is extremely unlikely, it is certainly not impossible (just improbable). The Yankees would presumably have to trade one of Randy Winn or Chad Gaudin, or perhaps both, in order to make such a deal happen, although this is easier said than done. In addition, Brian Cashman seems rather pleased with the flexibility provided to Joe Girardi by the team’s current roster, therefore, I think it is safe to say that such a remarriage is more than doubtful. After all, Damon is the desperate one, not the Yankees.
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