December 14, 2005
Damon Getting Closer?
Well, we know that Joe Torre recently called Johnny Damon to sell New York and Joe also just said the following about Johnny:
"We see him, it feels like, every day," Torre said with a laugh. "From the postseason of '04 through the season this year, faced him a thousand times. He has a presence. He certainly is a player that makes things happen. He's got a great deal of ability offensively.
"There's been some question about the strength of his arm, but he's never had a strong arm, even when he was a youngster. But he can track the ball."
And, according to one A.L. East Exec, there's a theory that the Yankees will try and make a last minute big strike on Damon:
While Boston officials this week declared their intention to bring back Damon, their current offer is $40 million for four years, up from $29 million for three years, and Boras reportedly has made $66 million over seven seasons his target.
"They may get it done. Last year, Boras and Boston were far apart on [Jason] Varitek and they got that done," said an East Coast baseball official of the $40 million deal for four years. "But right now it doesn't look real good. And don't forget the Yankees haven't been heard from yet."
The Yankees, who have stated their belief that Bubba Crosby can play center, supposedly have not followed up a declared interest in Damon with an offer.
"They could be waiting to see what Boston's final offer is, and come in and top that," the source said. "It's tough to see the Yanks planning to sit tight in center. Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and now Bubba Crosby?"
When Boras settled the Varitek deal it was on December 24, 2004 that it was announced. Would he do the Christmas Eve trick again with Damon too? Maybe that's the "before X-mas" vibe that I got yesterday?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 14, 2005 02:03 PM
SL, did you just see the El Duque/Vasquez trade?
El Duque as a 7th inning/long relief guy?
Pavano for El Duque?
Am I getting ahead of myself?
I hope the Yankees can get more than a 44-year-old set up man for Pavano.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at December 14, 2005 02:45 PM
Good point...I guess with the Clemens rumors swirling I'm into "old ex-yankees" mode.
I'd be happy if they got roll of wet toilet paper for Wright and Pavano. Anything beyond that is a bonus. Besides, El Duque is pretty much a knuckle-baller as far as age-to-performance ratios go. I think he proved that in the playoffs last season, no?
So they pretty much traded Vaz for the equivalent of Proctor and Pavano... Sheesh.
And on top of that, the A's got themselves another CF'er. Head case or not, Bradley can play CF, and didn't do too bad with the mouth last season.
Cashman wanna clue anyone else on this master plan he has?