Rumor Mill: A Jeter deal for Damon?

damon world series.jpgScott Boras made the rounds in Chicago yesterday, giving the writers something to chew on with Johnny Damon. Whether you read it frokm Joel Sherman in the New York Post, Mark Feinsand in the Daily News or David Waldstein in the New York Times, here’s the bottom line — Boras is drawing comparisons between his client, Damon, and what the Yankees have done and will do with Derek Jeter.

Boras’ argument, according to Sherman, is that Damon and Jeter worked so well atop the lineup in 2009, they should be viewed as a tandem. He also notes that that Damon has historic durability and that past three seasons equate well for both Damon and Jeter, and so they should be paid similarly. And Boras, of course, does not want Damon to take a pay cut from his $13 million annual salary (no one pays Boras’ commission to take a pay cut).

Here’s the problem, as I see it. The Yankees are going to overpay Derek Jeter. There’s no question about it, they’re going to give him one of those sweetheart deals where they pay him a lot for the future as a thank you for being the captain and leader of past teams, because they don’t want to see him getting his 3,000th hit in another uniform.

That’s fine, we all accept it, and if there’s one guy you’re going to do that to, it’s Jeter. OK, maybe they did it a little to not see Mariano Rivera — and especially Jorge Posada — in other uniforms too.

Point is, Damon doesn’t have that same cache with the Yankees. He was a very good player, a very productive player, over those four years. But he’s no franchise talent. A one or two-year deal is probably all that the Yankees are going to bring to the table with Damon. If Boras is intent on getting more, Damon is likely to be playing elsewhere in 2010 and beyond.

– Sherman also notes the Yankees intend to either pick up Sergio Mitre’s $1.25 million option by next week’s deadline or offer him arbitration, keeping him around as rotation depth. As expected, the Yankees also plan on non-tendering Chien-Ming Wang and then considering offering him a smaller money deal to return.

– Cashman on Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, via Feinsand: “I look at them as starters that can relieve. We haven’t had our meetings, but I would anticipate going to spring training with as much starting depth as possible.”

Cashman also told reporters that he’s not actively shopping Ian Kennedy, but teams have called with interest.

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Are we serious here? Johnny Damon @ $13 million per season for another 3 seasons? Scott, who do you think you’re representing? I’m sorry, but he shouldn’t have made that much money per season even in his prime. Johnny doesn’t love this game, he loves the fame the game provides him. Greedy greedy. Also Scott, are we forgetting his affair with 9 different women while his wife was in labor just a few short years ago? This man has no character as a human being and isn’t that great of a ball player either. I’m not a Yankees fan, but if Johnny really wanted a shot at a championship in 2010 he’d shut up and take the minimum. This guy is garbage and a poor representation of mlb and good men around the globe. Oh and by the way Gardner is fast, but the guy can’t hit…

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I think the possibilty of signing Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to any thing beyond one or two year deals is
suicide. My reasons for this is with Matsui’s knees breaking down and with him limited to the DH role I personaly cant see giving him a contract extension beyond two years. Secondly with Scott “Break the Bank with every client” Boris I cant see in any way that will warrent a jeter type of contract especially the age and declining speed of Johnny Damon. The both combined made an estimated $25 million, if we are in the persuit of an left feilder why not go after Jason Bay or Matt Holliday they are younger, already established, the power numbers are there, you lock them up for a while, you dont have to break the beank for aging talent like we did for Kevin Brown and best of all we dont have to trade and give up talent thatwould come back and kick us in the 1st round of playoffs.

Forever Da Yankee Fan
Pete F.

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I think the possibilty of signing Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to any thing beyond one or two year deals is
suicide. My reasons for this is with Matsui’s knees breaking down and with him limited to the DH role I personaly cant see giving him a contract extension beyond two years. Secondly with Scott “Break the Bank with every client” Boris I cant see in any way that will warrent a jeter type of contract especially the age and declining speed of Johnny Damon. The both combined made an estimated $25 million, if we are in the persuit of an left feilder why not go after Jason Bay or Matt Holliday they are younger, already established, the power numbers are there, you lock them up for a while, you dont have to break the beank for aging talent like we did for Kevin Brown and best of all we dont have to trade and give up talent thatwould come back and kick us in the 1st round of playoffs.

Forever Da Yankee Fan
Pete F.

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I think the possibilty of signing Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to any thing beyond one or two year deals is
suicide. My reasons for this is with Matsui’s knees breaking down and with him limited to the DH role I personaly cant see giving him a contract extension beyond two years. Secondly with Scott “Break the Bank with every client” Boris I cant see in any way that will warrent a jeter type of contract especially the age and declining speed of Johnny Damon. The both combined made an estimated $25 million, if we are in the persuit of an left feilder why not go after Jason Bay or Matt Holliday they are younger, already established, the power numbers are there, you lock them up for a while, you dont have to break the beank for aging talent like we did for Kevin Brown and best of all we dont have to trade and give up talent thatwould come back and kick us in the 1st round of playoffs.

Forever Da Yankee Fan
Pete F.

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I disliked seeing Scott Boras during the playoff games in LA. He is a reminder, along with PED’s about what is wrong with baseball. Johnny Damon was a good Yankee, but Brett Gardner is him minus 10 years. I’d love to see JD back in pinstripes, but I doubt the Yanks will offer more than two years at a level equal or less than last contract. In some ways, this is what baseball mercenaries must accept, whereas those loyal few get rewarded at the end. Give the money to Matsui——he is more of a true Yankee and a better clutch hitter.

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