Damon almost out of options

Damon 1:15.jpgWith everyday Damon remains a free agent, I struggle to understand where things went wrong. With the thought of the game changing, season changing steal of two bases in the World Series, it’s hard to think that that player would have so much trouble finding a team.

There are a few interesting pieces of information today, all of which lead me to believe that a Damon return to New York may not be impossible.

The two front runners for Damon as of yesterday were the Tigers and Braves.

Today, we learned that they are very weak front runners. The Braves have reportedly pulled out of the race for Damon, unless it was for $1-2M. The Tigers GM also said that they have not expressed any interest in Johnny Damon.

Add all of that to the fact that the Mets signed Jerry Hairston, and you have a set up for a Damon return. The Braves could offer $1-2M, but the Yankees have that much available too, and Damon would pick New York over Atlanta.

Should this come down to the wire, I wouldn’t be surprised for both sides to compromise, and for a one-year, $4-5M deal to surface. Just putting that out there. There’s no evidence of that yet, but the stage is certainly set for it.

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One comment

  1. anp1032

    I agree completely. I think that the Braves are finished for the offseason. They now have a decent punch in their lineup with Chipper, Glaus, McCann, and Escobar at the heart of it. And considering Johnny Damon had a lower fielding percentage than Garrett Anderson last season, a deal with Damon just almost won’t happen. Like you said, if given the choice, Damon will stay in New York.

    And just to put this out there, whether the Yankees keep Damon or not, they certainly are poised to win the AL again. They’re the heavy favorites anyway, thats for sure.

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