Yankees.com and MLB beat reporter Bryan Hoch had a few things to say about Johnny Damon and his chances of being re-signed for 2010.
Damon has been pretty up front about his desire to keep playing for the Yankees past 2009, and he has said that he can’t imagine wearing a different uniform, which isn’t exactly a page right out of the Scott Boras playbook as it relates to an upcoming free agency.
But Damon seems legitimate and unapologetic about what he wants, and why not? He has absolutely loved hitting in new Yankee Stadium, owning the kind of swing that seems tailor-made for the place — shades of how Bobby Murcer enjoyed so much success at the old building a few decades ago.
Damon might not be the same productive player if he had to log 81 games worth of at-bats in a different stadium, but in the Bronx, he still seems to be a good fit. There was a thought earlier in the year that the Yankees would be primed to let Damon walk as a free agent, but now it appears the winds have shifted and they are more amenable to the idea of keeping him.
I have lot of respect for Hoch as a writer. He tends to get into the nitty gritty and seems to have passion for his work – covering the Yankees. I like that.
I don’t think I could have addressed this better. With Austin Jackson coming up the ranks, Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner doing well this season and the slew of outfielders that maybe available in free agency, it seemed like Damon, Xavier Nady and Hideki Matsui might be left to sign with other teams.
But with Johnny’s hitting this season, its hard to imagine the Yankees front office not at least considering throwing him a 2 year offer in the $8-10 million range. Right now, Damon is in the final year of a 3-year, $39 Million contract.
One thing about the Yankees front office is its propensity to sign players based on how they remember them – meaning Damon’s future with the organization is most likely tied to how the postseason goes for him and the Yankees.