Johnny Damon told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that he doesn’t understand why he hasn’t gotten offers this offseason, particularly from the Yankees as he thinks he’s a perfect fit for a second stint in Pinstripes.
“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Damon told Heyman of the Yankees by phone. “But for some reason you have the year I had, especially with a team that has trouble scoring, and you can’t even get a call to continue playing.”
He also dismissed the idea that he is pressing for 3,000 hits, “It makes for good talk. … Everyone wants to get to the mark. But I never started playing the game for that. I never had any intention of getting to 3,000 hits — it’s never been a driving force for me. I always had the intention of being a good teammate.”
Of course this entire thing comes down to money. Damon is said to want $5 million to play next season. It’s possible he’s softened on that stance, but he didn’t mention that to Heyman. But seriously, if he was that desperate to play the Yankees very likely would have been willing to sign him to a minor league contract rather than Russell Branyan.
In the end the Yankees will probably spend some money on a DH, after they deal A.J. Burnett. They are said to favor Raul Ibanez, but if they can get Damon cheaper they’d probably take him. Again, Damon doesn’t seem to understand why his phone is not ringing – it’s probably because the Yankees don’t like his asking price. If that drops they’ll come calling.