Rumors: Johnny Damon Still Hoping to be a Yankee

Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

It doesn’t appear that there has been any movement in Johnny Damon returning to the Yankees, but his agent, Scott Boras, said that Damon is still interested in coming back.

“As Johnny has said he is more than willing to return to New York,” Boras said.

From what it sounds like Damon wants to come back to the Bronx, or he at least wants their money, but the Yankees aren’t interested in him. Or at least they’re not interested in him yet.

What that means is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest in Damon. He’s more or less a DH who can play outfield, but the problem is that there are lots of available DH’s on the market. So he’s trying to drum up interest in himself.

The thing is that the Yankees don’t need a left handed hitting DH who can occasionally play outfield. They need a Andruw Jones or Scott Hairston type – a right handed hitting outfielder who can spell Brett Gardner or Curtis Granderson against tough lefties.

So Damon is desperate for a job, but he’s not what the Yankees are looking for. Realistically the way this reunion is likely to happen is if the Yankees miss out on free agents like Jones and Hairston and have to turn to Damon as a final result. Or if Damon wants to be a Yankee so badly he reaches out to them with a very cheap option. We are talking $1 million or less here for them to really consider it and looking back at the money grab Damon made last year this isn’t likely.

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