The Yankees have denied interest in Johnny Damon, perhaps it is because of his asking price, but according to Jim Bowden of ESPN XM Radio, they are one of four teams that are still in play for the veteran outfielder.
The thing is that the Yankees don’t have a lot of money to spend on the open market which is why they prefer to acquire a bat via a trade for one of their excess starting pitchers. If they do have to face the free agent market, they have more than a couple of choices to choose from. So if Damon is going to stick to his asking price of $5 million than he may be pricing himself out of the Bronx.
Position players have to report to spring training by Feb. 25 so there are just 19 days left before then. That’s not a hard deadline, but both sides will likely want something done by then. My guess is that the Yankees will put an offer on the table for a few DH types, maybe Damon and say Raul Ibanez, and the first one to accept it will end up in Pinstripes. With just 19 days before spring training starts one might get desperate and accept a low-ball offer.