Ealier today we found out that Johnny Damon is going to start shopping himself around to other teams. Now we are finding out some news that will make it even harder for the Yankees to retain his services. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, outfielder Damon, who has made it known that he does not want a pay cut, has now said that he doesn’t even want the Yankees to bother making an offer if it is going to be less than $13 million.
This seems like a case of “Two can play at this game.” The Yankees have taken a hard stance on Damon since they pulled off a trade for outfielder Curtis Granderson and have not backed off their stance that they are not going to offer him more than two years. Well not Damon has parried saying that he doesn’t even want them to make an offer if it is for less than what he was paid last year.
I suppose that this doesn’t kill a deal, but it certainly will make the situation much more difficult. Personally I don’t think it would be a terrible deal if they offered him a one-year $13 million deal. Apparently they’re allowed to offer that so maybe they should and see what he says. If they keep that offer on the table long enough maybe he’ll realize that there isn’t a huge market for a slowing 36-year-old outfielder asking for that much money and take it.
When they didn’t offer him arbitration I said it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to overpay him a little if they can get him on a one-year deal. Maybe they can. He’s certainly not getting two-years and $26 million from the Yankees.