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.