Cashman, don’t hurt ‘em
Brian Cashman hasn’t held back against Scott Boras this winter, and Monday was no different.
Here’s the team’s GM outlining why, exactly, he offered Boras’ client, Johnny Damon, a reduced salary for 2010:
“When we signed him (for four years, $52 million), he was playing center field, a premium position, and the market was high. Now he’s a left fielder, he’s 36, in a collapsed market. Why would he not expect to take a pay cut?”
The truth hurts, but Cashman is as right as can be here. Scott Boras and Johnny Damon were basing their contractual demands on smoke and mirrors. There was no substantive reasoning to be found in Boras’ claims. To his dismay, the market, which the Yankees chose to follow, as well as Damon’s declining defense, eventually dictated his earnings. He still made out alright though, in the end (all things considered), signing a one-year deal with Detroit for $8 million.
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