Another big, big question for the Yankees. Johnny Damon, coming off a great season, jumps onto the free agent market. The Yankees seem to like Damon a lot, but have also favored younger, more athletic players. For a while it seemed as though Damon was sure to come back, but now, it is certainly no sure thing. Lets take a look at the options:
- He had a monster season, tying his career high in home runs at 24.
- His swing is perfect for the New Yankee Stadium.
- Although he didn’t show it as much this year, he can really run well.
- He is an impact player, he showed that in World Series game 4.
- He’s getting better at playing left field.
- If the Yankees don’t sign Matsui, Damon can fall back on the DH spot.
- He really only wants to play for the Yankees and if Boras will shut up, the Yankees could get him cheap.
- He will be 37 next season, and although it hasn’t shown, he may wear down easily.
- The Yankees could go out and get some good free agent outfielders that are younger and better than Damon in which case the Yankees will really have no need for him.
- Scott Boras wants a big multi-year deal for Damon which the Yankees just won’t do.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat, definitely. All you need to know about Damon is what he did in game 4. To me, he won the game. Whenever Damon is at the plate, you know he won’t go down easily. He is a fighter, he is a winner and belongs on the Yankees. Damon has shown zero signs of wearing down, and, in fact, if he has shown any sign at all, he has shown that he is getting even better. His power is up, and his defense is better. The only thing that stands in the way is Scott Boras (surprise). To that I say, so what? The Yankees can afford it.