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While Scott Boras seems to signal that Johnny Damon’s pinstriped tenure is all but over, Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman indicates that there is still a chance the Yankees and the 36-year old free agent can come to an agreement. Brian Cashman, Heyman writes, “is said to only want to do a one-year deal at this point and believed to want to spend no more than $6 million.” This is inline with the figure I put forth yesterday as the number is small enough to be viewed as a big value buy for the Yankees. Heyman, however, acknowledges that the team might have to “stretch” that figure a bit in order to land the outfielder. Maybe a $6 million base with an extra $2-3 million in incentives could get the job done? Incentives are not included in the opening day payroll, so the Yankees, in an effort to adhere to their budget cutting principles, could still maintain that the signing has not put them over the $200 million mark by a large margin. Plus, they could always trade Chad Gaudin, who could possibly earn close to $3 million after arbitration, in order to free up payroll resources.

Basically, despite Cashman’s admission about Brett Gardner being the everyday left fielder, the Yankees are still in a very good position to land Johnny Damon at their price. The patient approach which they have employed this winter has worked wonders, as Damon’s demands have fallen dramatically. He may not be amenable to a one-year deal and an incentive-laden contract (which is my suggestion), however, at this point, it could end up being his best option.

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16 Responses to “Cashman open to a one-year deal for Damon?”

  1. Damon at one year, six million dollars would be fantabulous.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    I wonder, if he gets a 2 year 14 million dollar offer elsewhere, would he take the 1 yr deal to get right back on the market.  (Quote)

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    Twasp Reply:

    JD will jump at a 2 year deal now that he sees how little interest there has been. He doesn’t want to be on the market again next year. Especially with another year showing his shaky defensive skills.  (Quote)

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  2. That would be nice but doubt it will happen.Damon is a nice fit in Baltimore,his presence at the top of their order is a nice fit .He will get a 2 year deal for about 7mil per.Its time for us yankee fans to let go .  (Quote)

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  3. Moshe Mandel: I wonder, if he gets a 2 year 14 million dollar offer elsewhere, would he take the 1 yr deal to get right back on the market.  

    Hm, I’m not so sure. The OF market isn’t great next year (Werth and Crawford are headliners) so he could test those waters. However, he’d likely be the third choice again.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    I think it might be a better market for him, and NY is the best place (due to lineup and ballpark) for him to maintain value.  (Quote)

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    Chris H. Reply:

    What he can do is try the one year deal and then sign quickly next winter rather than waiting like he did this winter. It appears as though the better offers came earlier in the offseason. Now, free agents like Johnny Damon and even Adam LaRoche are sitting around wondering what went wrong.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Exactly. It was the same last offseason- this seems to the new reality, that teams want to get things done quickly and have more cost certainty.  (Quote)

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  4. I don’t think there will be any deal for Johnny with the Yankees.
    If the guys we have on the team right now can do a good job, why spend the money on a guy that is inept out there. He has a good bat (not great) and that is all. The team is loaded with some very good hitters as it is, it’s not as though we NEED him, it’s more like…some Want him on the team.
    Nick is going to hit in the two hole, do you put Johnny in the 9 spot?  (Quote)

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  5. Matsui was smart but hurt us imo, he’s the guy Yanks should have signed for one year.NJ brings less to the table.Matsui would have been a better DH and you can still bring Damon back now for much less money.Too much age you say? so what? Next year we let them both go and sign Werth at least.
    With Granderson &Vasquez you’re still a stronger team than last year.  (Quote)

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  6. I agree with your points on Matsui,replacing the 5 hole in the yankee lineup is my biggest concern for next years offense.Hitting behind Arod is a pressure spot and we saw last year alot of guys struggle there until Matsui got it going.Batting in 2 hole is the best place to hit after Jete and in front of Tex and Arod.Batting in 2 hole could be used to get a guy with upside going like Granderson. Batting 5th has to be someone that can handle the heat,maybe Nick J.  (Quote)

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    Twasp Reply:

    Ballpark- you are exactly right about the 5 slot. That’s my biggest concern too. Alex was poised for a monster year until Cashman goofed and let Godzilla slip away. Yankees have noone to fill his shoes. Nick is an obp guy, not a power RBI guy and untested on the big stage. Yankees will bat him second because of his walk rate where his fat ass will clog the basepaths. Cashman has succeded in downgrading 2 positions in one offseason LF and DH. Remember Cash we were World Champions ? Way to fix things that were not broken.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    I think it is questionable whether they downgraded at DH, but even if they did, they upgraded the rotation and CF. It is a better club than last year.  (Quote)

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    Ken (O.R.) Reply:

    I think I’ll go with you on this one.
    I would like to see Cano hit #5. I know that pressure is a problem with him (so they say) but, he is a year older and now is the time to see if he can do his job or not. I am not asking him to be Mr. Clutch, just hit for his normal avg, and power. I don’t care for Posada hitting #5, he has done nothing (debatable) to show he is the answer…Swisher may be another one for the job.  (Quote)

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    bornwithpinstripes Reply:

    the kid is a perfect top of the order guy, great bat.. but once you take him from 7 8 or 9, he is no longer a great hitter, i believe is big year he batted 9, last year 7, girardi played with him up top and 5 , but he is a disaster in those spots, posada is another guy who should not bat behind arod, 6 is his spot, grandy should be 5.. maybe with a tough lefty posada, 5, power and speed behind arod should work out great. jeter, nick, tex, arod, grandy, posada, cano, swisher, platoon LF.. play ball  (Quote)

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    Ballpark Reply:

    Agreed NJ could have a monster year if he can stay healthy , and if Yanks were able to keep Matsui in the lineup I like our chances with NJ.Not playing the field should minimize the risk.I know most people’s lineup has NJ 2 and Granderson 5or6,I would flip them.I think NJ could handle pressure of the 5 hole.Granderson’s upside is huge and seeing better pitches he could far surpass Damon’s very good production from last year.Also like Granderson’s speed much better than NJ ‘s.  (Quote)

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