Yankees Call Boras’ Bluffby BigGreek24
Shortly after the World Series, Scott Boras – the agent who represents free-agent Johnny Damon, told the Yankees that his client should be given the same treatment dollars-wise that they would do for Derek Jeter because it was Damon who made Jeter so great the past few years. Sure, Scott. Tell me more.
Boras told Yankees GM Brian Cashman that he didn’t see his client signing for less than $13 million per year. Cashman’s response after continuing to negotiate, was simply that the Yankees were budgeted for $200 million this year and couldn’t afford Damon. That came out on Tuesday and by Wednesday the Yankees signed former Giant Randy Winn for one year at about $2 million. Your move, Scotty boy.
It does make you wonder when some of these guys are going to get it. For the second straight year Boras severly misjudged the Free Agent market and to tell you the truth it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. The problem is someone else, in this case Damon, will pay the price. Some reports indicated that the Yankees had offered Damon a two-year deal worth $14 million, but Damon wanted at least $10 million per year. I understand that an athlete has to get what he can while he can still play, and I understand Boras’ job is to get the best contract he can for his player, but with today’s economy nobody is going to cry for Johnny Damon. Now if he’s lucky Damon might get a one year deal for about $2 with some incentives and maybe a mutual option for 2011.
Where could Damon land? That’s anyone’s guess. If he goes to an NL team, like the Braves or Reds then he has to play LF and his range has diminished and he never could really throw all that well. There is rumored interest in the AL with the likes of Toronto, Detroit and Tampa Bay where he could DH. At this point only time will tell but one thing is for sure – he won’t be a Yankee.