The Johnny Damon drama is now over. At 3:53P.M. it was reported on ESPN the Yankees have come to an agreement with OF’er Randy Winn which will like end any chance for Johnny Damon to return to the Bronx.
The Winn deal is rumored to be for one year and worth in the area of $2 million, the amount Brian Cashman has been saying all along was the max the Yankees would spend.
Winn, who turns 36 in June, played in 149 games last season hitting .262 with 16 SB, but only 2 HR, his lowest in any season where he had over 500 AB. Winn hasn’t played a backup role since the very begining of his career with the then Tampa Ray Devil Rays, but he will likely go into the season as backup to Brett Gardner.
If Winn wins the job (unavoidable pun), or if Gardner is benched, Winn can be a decent option in the 9th spot of the lineup. He still has his legs, even though he is creeping up in age, and has had atleast 10 SB in each of the last nine seasons. Winn also registered five triples last season, the eight time in his career he has had atleast 5 in a season. Winn has never hit well against the Yankees with only a .231 average against the Yanks in 76 games, but did hit an inside the park grand slam against the Yankees on October 3rd, 1999.
Now Johnny Damon‘s options have officially withered with the only options left said to be the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds. It is likely that both of these teams do not have enough money to give Damon and Scott Boras what they want so a paycut is still coming. Boras has screwed a few of his clients in the past because of his stubborn ways and this is a prime example. I only hope Johnny is somewhat happy wherever he ends up, and hope he knows how much Yankee fans appreciate what he has done for the team the last few years.
What is everyone’s opinion on the decision?