Boras discusses Damon’s options

I just received this alert from the helpful folks over at SiriusXM, who had Scott Boras on the MLB Home Plate channel with hosts Jim Bowden and Joe Castellano. Among the topics discussed was free agent Johnny Damon and whether a return to the Yankees was still a possibility.

Bowden: “Is the door left open for Johnny Damon to return to the Yankees or has that door been closed?”

Scott Boras: “Well, you know, I think, you know, when you talk about Johnny’s performance and being the top #2 hitter in the game and hitting 24 home runs and scoring 107 [runs] and driving in 82 [RBIs] I just don’t know how a lineup, particularly that has the #3, #4 and #5 hitters that the Yankees have, can not want that player.  The Yankees’ position is that they have a budget and certainly I’m not here to fault them.  Obviously they make great commitments to their payroll and to their team and their fans.  And in the instance of Johnny Damon it was just a situation where, you know, for whatever reason he really wasn’t given an opportunity to return to the Yankees and, you know, he’ll have to just move forward.”

Bowden: “What are his alternatives right now, Scott?”

Boras: “Well, I think the market now after Matt [Holliday] has signed and Jason Bay has signed is starting to come alive because obviously teams are, some of the teams that were interested in those players have been contacting us.  And I am in the process right now of turning my attention to Johnny’s situation.”

Thanks to SiriusXM for the heads up.

Also today in the Yankees universe, the club announced that all of the coaching staff will return for 2010, and New York agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract with Sergio Mitre.

If Mitre doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, and there’s a decent chance of that, a trade would not be surprising. His contract is affordable and if he comes back stronger the second year after Tommy John surgery, he could represent a good gamble for a National League club looking for a starting pitcher.

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lets look at the facts yankee fans Damon can hit for average and in the stadium with some pop. he can still go get the ball but doesnt have much of a throwing arm left field would be a place for him however boras tends to be a buzz kill when teams are negotiating with his agents boras might just have talked his client out of ny . I’m surprised the yanks didn’t go after the big left field free agent Bay , holliday

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i dont like the yankees

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lets look at the facts yankee fans Damon can hit for average and in the stadium with some pop. he can still go get the ball but doesnt have much of a throwing arm left field would be a place for him however boras tends to be a buzz kill when teams are negotiating with his agents boras might just have talked his client out of ny . I’m surprised the yanks didn’t go after the big left field free agent Bay , holliday

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Boras is right..Damon and the right field porch in Yankee Stadium made a real good relationship, he hit 24 bombs as the official number two hitter…his performance in the playoffs was actually great. Yet the yanks don’t want a 36 year old as a member of a championship team, which is understandable. So the signing of Damon is more of a win win situation… If they sign him they do, if they don’t then it won’t really affect the offense because of Granderson and the powerful lineup that still has good role players like Nick Swisher who can pop 30 home runs on any given season.

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Boras is right..Damon and the right field porch in Yankee Stadium made a real good relationship, he hit 24 bombs as the official number two hitter…his performance in the playoffs was actually great. Yet the yanks don’t want a 36 year old as a member of a championship team, which is understandable. So the signing of Damon is more of a win win situation… If they sign him they do, if they don’t then it won’t really affect the offense because of Granderson and the powerful lineup that still has good role players like Nick Swisher who can pop 30 home runs on any given season.

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Boras is right..Damon and the right field porch in Yankee Stadium made a real good relationship, he hit 24 bombs as the official number two hitter…his performance in the playoffs was actually great. Yet the yanks don’t want a 36 year old as a member of a championship team, which is understandable. So the signing of Damon is more of a win win situation… If they sign him they do, if they don’t then it won’t really affect the offense because of Granderson and the powerful lineup that still has good role players like Nick Swisher who can pop 30 home runs on any given season.

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i hope the Yankees and Damon can work things out…he adds more speed to the line up and his swing is perfect for Yankee stadium…he fits better in the #2 than Johnson…so if the Yankees get him…they’ll be in great shape to lead most offensive stats again 2010…without him there might be some hick ups…

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i hope the Yankees and Damon can work things out…he adds more speed to the line up and his swing is perfect for Yankee stadium…he fits better in the #2 than Johnson…so if the Yankees get him…they’ll be in great shape to lead most offensive stats again 2010…without him there might be some hick ups…

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Is Boras serious about the Yankees not giving Damon a chance to come back … or is that just positioning by him … he is mostly to blame for Damon’s situation anyway … the Yankees want him back and so do the fans … but not at Boras’s demands … the Yankees made a fair offer that could be improved, but for what he wants … matter of fact, I don’t see other teams even steeping up to match the Yankees offer … times are a changing and Boras needs to change with them … we love Damon as a Yankee!

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