Damon coming back to the Yanks?


Although the notion was pretty much shot down today, it appears the Yanks had conversations with their former left fielder Johnny Damon about a possible reunion.

I would love to see Damon back in pinstripes, but, as Cashman said today, there is no real role for him. The outfield is set and Jorge is going to be the DH.

However, for the sake of killing time during the boring offseason let’s entertain this idea:

If the Yanks were to bring him back they might use Gardy or Swish Dog as a piece in a trade for a starting pitcher to make room. I’m going on the record as saying that’s a stupid idea. Damon is old and probably doesn’t have more than a season in him. Why would they trade away young outfield talent just to bring in a 37-year-old? It makes no sense.

They might not go that route and instead use Damon off the bench, but there’s no way he’d be willing to do that. He seems like the kind of guy that would want to play everyday. So that wouldn’t work.

As useful off the bench and in the clubhouse as Damon might be, there’s no real role for him. If he were to accept a limited role with the team I’d say the Yanks should take a shot.

On the outside chance that they do bring him back, I hope they lowball the shit out of him. If 2 years at $7 million per wasn’t good enough last year then they should embarrass him with an offer this year. I bet Johnny wishes he had taken that deal from the Yanks before last season.

Funny, I could have sworn that Detroit was where Johnny always wanted to play.

Holy shit I need the season to start.


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  • mammerman

    Bringing Damon back is not the smartest move for the Yanks. Like you’ve said he’s old and won’t last more that 2 years. Although he might take the lead off pressure off Jeter, he’s better off staying in Detroit to teach Austin Jackson. Austin Jackson should still be a Yankee btw…By the looks of it, our lineup is solidified. Swisher isn’t the greatest player in the world but his presence for this team is undeniable. I still have high hopes for Gardner because of his grind it out style of play. Grandy would be the only one who I would think would be trade worthy. Also have to keep in mind, there was slight talk of Matt Kemp getting traded to the Yanks before his breakout year and during Melky and Cano’s slump season…..that would have been epic.

    • Andrew Corselli

      I agree that A-Jax should still be a Yank. I was salty when they traded him away.

      I don’t think any of the outfielders should be traded. Gardy is fast as hell and will be a great player as he gets more experience. He had a great year last season before the wrist injury. Swish Dog plays well during the regular season but has a knack for disappearing in the playoffs, but I think he comes up huge if they go to the postseason this year. Just a hunch. And, as you said, his presence is undeniable. Also, Grandy started raking like a mofo after K-Long reworked his swing in late August. I think he has a huge year in 2011.

      I think that if Damon is willing to be a bench player they should sign him. If he has dreams of playing everyday then they should steer clear of him.