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From Pete Caldera:

Out in the Bronx, there is no cause to add a slugging left fielder to the Yankees’ lineup.

“Our team is, for the most part, set,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday by phone from his office at Yankee Stadium……..

“We have a left fielder,” Cashman said, adding, “We do like Brett Gardner.”

“With the money we had to spend, we chose to spend it in those spots,” Cashman said. “We’re just playing with the bench right now.”

Still, the Yankees have room for another outfielder – preferably a right-handed bat; Cashman acknowledged that he’s searching for a right-handed hitter.

Cashman has mislead the fans about potential signings before (Johnny Damon’s 2005 dealings with the Yankees come to mind), but the combination of the Yankees stated budget and Cashman’s quotes suggests that Johnny Damon’s tenure in the Bronx is over. Scott Boras seems to agree, as Bryan Hoch provides the following soundbite:

And in the instance of Johnny Damon it was just a situation where, you know, for whatever reason he really wasn’t given an opportunity to return to the Yankees and, you know, he’ll have to just move forward.”

Taking all of this information together, it seems that the Yankees have moved on, and will target players such as Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Marcus Thames, Johnny Gomes, or Rocco Baldelli to spell Gardner in left field against tough lefties. This is an unfortunate conclusion to Johnny Damon’s tenure in pinstripes, one that could probably be avoided with a creative offer similar to the one Adrian Beltre garnered from the Red Sox. Alas, it appears that it is not to be, and JD will be manning the outfield for another club in 2010.

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18 Responses to “Boras and Cashman: Yankees and Damon Are Through”

  1. I still have faith he’ll resign for a cheaper deal for a chance to win. Cashman cant seriously trust Gardner as a prime contributor in the playoffs. If we were only concerned about the reg season i’d agree with not resigning Johnny but his value is in the postseason for us, not over 162 games.  (Quote)

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  2. Boras’ comment that “for whatever reason he really wasn’t given an opportunity to return to the Yankees” is laughable. The reason is simple. Boras and Damon both were posturing about not taking a pay cut and not offering any favorable deal to the Yankees. Well guess what … he is going to take a huge pay cut and he isn’t going to be able to play on the Yankees. People talk about how smart Boras is — and he is — but he also has a track record of overshooting and ending up screwing his client. Arod basically fired him and Damon should have.

    The fact of the matter is that Damon will eventually sign for less than he would have gotten from the Yankees if he had just been normal. Instead, he tried to hold them up. All of this proves that Damon is just as stupid with prospective money and representation as he was careless with the money he already earned and the people that he trusted.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Since you love Boras, here is the rest of the quote:

    “Well, I think the market now after Matt [Holliday] has signed and Jason Bay has signed is starting to come alive because obviously teams are, some of the teams that were interested in those players have been contacting us. And I am in the process right now of turning my attention to Johnny’s situation.”

    He is now turning his attention to Damon, in January. This was a mistake.  (Quote)

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    Jay Reply:

    I think we have all been down this road enough times that we should believe it when we see it. That being said, I don’t think that Boras ignored Johnny Damon while he handled Holliday. The enormous agency that Boras has works for all of his clients; otherwise, Alex Cora would be his most important client (I believe he is a client at least, lol).

    Again though, I won’t believe Damon is gone until he is gone. And if the Yankees do lose him, I would blame Boras and Damon. Johnny used the fans as pawns all of last year when he stated how badly he wanted to be back. If that were true, he would take 5 million dollars. As a negotiating ploy, he uses the fans to apply pressure to the front office to retain him, IMHO.  (Quote)

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  3. This turn of events is infuriating and disappointing. Cashman seems to be stubbornly sticking to a principle which just doesn’t help the team in any way.

    Gardner/Hoffmann and one of the losers you listed from the pu-pu platter of Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Marcus Thames, Johnny Gomes, or Rocco Baldelli makes me sick.

    Brian, quit being a bitch and pay the man for 1-2 years. The Yanks are not well-served with this display of intransigence.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    If he is in fact under a strict budget, it is on the Steinbrenners to open up the wallet for the 4-5 extra million a year to get Damon. I think that Damon would be a luxury, but the Yankees are successful enough to afford luxuries.  (Quote)

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  4. JD, WELL SAID, MJ , CASHMAN DID NO MAKE SILLY DEMANDS BORAS AND DAMON DID..LOOK AT THE STUPID REMARK BORASS MAKES I WILL NOW TURN MY ATTENTION TO DAMON.. WHAT…… DAMON HE SHOULD SPIT AT HIM.. IN JANUARY HE NOW WANTS TO TALK DAMON TO MLB.. AFTER THEY MADE THE YANKS TRADE AJAX ,COKE , GO GET JOHNSON.. THEY WERE MONEY MOVES, IF DAMON WOULD HAVE SAID 2 YEARS 9 OR 10 MIL.. WE WOULD NOT BE TALKING NOW.. THEY TRIED AND FAILED , THE GUY HIT .280 TAKE IN HIS AGE AFTER 3 OR 4 YEARS ,13 MIL… NO WAY..WE ALL WOULD BE SAYING BOY ARE WE STUCK WITH HIS CONTRACT FOR MORE YEARS, HE IS BECOMING FRAGILE..HE BUMPS A WALL , AND IS HURT . BE PATIENT CASHMAN IS SAVING HIS BIG MOVES FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS.. IF WE NEED A BAT DURING THE YEAR ,MONTERO MAY BE READY, OR WE GO FIND A PIECE, MJ, YOU MUST BE A DIE HARD FAN LIKE I AM.. WE WILL BE FINE.. OUR D IS SO MUCH BETTER THIS WAY, WE NOW NEED SWISHER TO PLAY A LITTLE DEEPER AND FEEL THE WALL BETTER..  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    I’m sure it was just a mistake, but let’s try to refrain from ALL CAPS.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Regarding fragility, he has never played under 140 games. He is Mr. durable.  (Quote)

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  5. I still think there is a pretty good chance that Damon signs. I didn’t feel there was any chance for a Holliday or Bay from the start but with Johnny I think things could be different. Unless the Braves or Giants come in at 10 mil per I think we could place a competitive offer that would still allow the Yanks to maintain a reasonable payroll. If they worked somehting out with Andy they should be able to for Johnny. Again, I think a large part is going to hindge on what Braves/Giants do.

    PS I am so sick of this newly budget conscious front office. I hope it is not something we are going to have to get used to for years to come now that George is out of the loop.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Really? Sick of a 200M dollar budget. C’mon, let’s not be the spoiled Yankees fans who are upset that the team is setting a cap on salaries after spending 420 million last offseason, and have directly referenced the 2011 free agency as a time they prefer to spend their money.  (Quote)

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    JeffG Reply:

    I understand what you are saying but my feeling is if they let a piece like Damon slip away because of this construct of getting cheaper then I really think they are going in the wrong direction. The old motto was spend money to make money and I think it worked out for the Yankees pretty well.

    Big teams that can do big things and become pretty popular. Ultimately this brings money back to the organization. For the relative cost of adding JD the team would be greatly improved. So if they spent it before I am a little tired of hearing they won’t again. It doesn’t make sense to me. All Yanks fans are spoiled for sure.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    That’s fair. My question is, do you think that the team as currently constructed cannot do big things? At what point does it become overkill? Or is there no such thing for the Yankees?  (Quote)

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  6. So, if you go to your bosses at Burger King and demand that you get paid 10 dollars an hour instead of 6, is that OK? Or better yet, pretend you worked at Burger King for 4 years making 10 dollars an hour, and then you went on Christmas vacation. Upon return, you are told, “We didn’t sell enough hot dogs. And we brought in a younger burger flipper. So, all we can pay you is 6 dollars an hour for the next year.” Would you just take that?

    This is a business for these people. Yes, 52 million dollars is an extraordinary amount, don’t get me wrong. However, with bigger pay checks come bigger bills. His mortgage a month is probably what most Americans pay in a year, and that’s just one example. By no means am I saying we should feel sorry for him, but as a business, you want the most you can have. And you ESPECIALLY want that if people are paying to watch YOU flip their burger, since you are the reason they are coming. MMMMmmmmm…. burgers….  (Quote)

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  7. According to http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/damonjo01.shtml

    Damon has earned $97mm in his career. If being a Yankee and all that goes with it isn’t worth a million or two to JD, then Sayanora and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Business or not, starting in the outfield for the NY Yankees is not just a job. Maybe the Nats could use him.  (Quote)

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  8. Moshe, a question I’m new on this site is there a protocol about caps? i do it cause i type with one finger and am lazy, but if it is something nobody does i will respect it and use lower case.. moshe what i have seen from damon the last few years is a bump to the wall or a slide to the ground this guy would cringe winch and take some days off, being ” a little banged up”…to me watching how he hit the ground or wall says fragile.. not crashes , gardner crashed into the wall this year. . but this is just my assessment of his outfield play, he runs to the ball with his glove in the up in the air like many LL kids are taught not to do.. he is a D liability.
    but again just my opinion. abreu played a lot of games because he would never go after a tough catch..we got rid of not lost 2 liabilities ,,the pitching staff must be very quietly happy…..and to the other steve, boy you hit that one out of the park.. he did play the fan base last year. i would talk about him doing that last year to a good friend of mine.. i see that play coming.. thanks for hearing me  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Generally caps means shouting, so I would prefer to stay away from them. And you make a fair point, that he may be staying in but hurting his performance.  (Quote)

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  9. Thank you Moshe i understand , it could be taken that way… should have known , Damon would have been a perfect DH this year, he drank the boras home made cool aid , i would pass on baldelli for the same reason as damon, hurts to easily . shame he could have been a good ML player.  (Quote)

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