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Umm what?

At least that was my response to an ESPN report that the Boston Red Sox have claimed former OF Johnny Damon off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.  It’s unclear why Damon was on the waivers to begin with, although from my understanding, teams regularly put almost every player on waivers in August, however most aren’t claimed.

It’s also unclear at this time what the Red Sox true intentions are – whether it was to keep a competing club, like the Tampa Bay Rays or Chicago White Sox who need outfield help, from claiming him.  Boston itself does need help in their injury-plagued outfield.

Damon was a member of the Red Sox championship team in 2004 which broke Boston’s 86 year championship drought.  He left the Red Sox after the 2005 season, spending 4 seasons as a fan-favorite Yankee.  He declined contract offers from the Yankees this off-season and instead signed with the Detroit Tigers for less money.  Damon is hitting .270 with 7 homers and 40 RBI, well below his numbers while with the Yankees.

There are a few things that need to happen for Damon to join the Sox again.  First, he needs to waive his no trade clause.  Then, the Red Sox and Tigers have 48 hours to negotiate a trade.  If that can’t be done, then the Tigers have the option of letting Damon go for nothing, or they could pull him off waivers and keep him for the remainder of the season.

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The Yankees announced Tuesday that they have traded for Texas Rangers minor league outfielder Greg Golson, who batted .258 and 40 RBI in 123 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City.  Despite his low offensive numbers, Golson is considered to be a great athlete with speed and a great outfield arm.

Although it is unclear at this time what the Yankees’ plans for Golson are, but he was added to the team’s 40-man roster on Tuesday.  I would assume he will be given a chance to play for the big league team to add speed and defense off the bench.

Check out this article from ESPN’s Skoop Jackson.  Its a recap of an interview he had with new Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson. The interview is very well done.  I don’t remember seeing Jackson’s name before now, but he’s a good writer.

Jackson peppers Granderson a lot about how life will be different in New York, and I like some of Granderson’s answers…but also have concerns about a few.  I think he understands the magnitude of playing in pinstripes, but I think he underestimates the pressure of the fans, media and blogs.  I don’t think he gets the idea that he will be under a microscope.

In fact, he says at one point that he thinks his life will have to change as a result of being in New York.  ”

Now, the one thing that I am afraid of are things that I’m going to have to change in order to stay the same. Things I’m going to have to change because of the question you just asked earlier. You know, just being aware of little things that I do so that nothing can be taken the wrong way. The little things I might have to change in my daily life. Like hanging out at a coffee shop, just having some coffee with a friend versus a friend or friends coming in town and us just going to a bar just to have a cocktail — you know, basic stuff.”

I’m a little torn on how to interpret this.  Is Granderson going to enjoy this “change?”  Will it be better for him?  We have to remember that he was traded to the New York Yankees, he didn’t sign with them as a free agent.  He does not seem upset to be here, but one has to wonder a little bit how much he really is ready for this.  Life will have to change, it always seems to have to for every player who comes from a smaller market team to the Yankees or Red Sox.

I guess only time will tell, but hopefully Granderson’s “changes” are for the good and he is happy about them.  New York will be tough to play in, but it can also be very, very rewarding.

I’m home sick with a cold, sinus, and congestion. So while I’m sitting in bed blowing my nose every five minutes, I’ve been reading blogs and people’s tweets on Twitter.  Here are some things for you all to read about this morning.

Top stories from last week:

The Yankees are dominating the news from baseball’s Winter Meetings in Indy.  In one busy day, the Yankees completed the rumors Generation Third had already reported on. Andy Pettitte was signed to a one-year deal worth $11.75 Million and the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks completed a 3-team trade that sent all-star center fielder Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

Pettitte was the rock the Yankees needed in their starting rotation to secure another serious run at back-to-back titles.  The Yankees rotation now officially includes CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Pettitte.  The other two slots will be filled by trades, signings and/or Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain.

Granderson was a first-time all-star for the Detroit Tigers in 2009, despite only hitting .249.  He had 30 stolen bases and 30 home runs and is phenomenal on defense.  The Yankees had to give up Triple-A starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson to make the trade go through.

I could care less about Kennedy – I don’t think he’ll amount to much (injured too often) but I am a little sad about the loss of Coke, who was a big part of the Yankee bullpen in 2009, and Jackson, who was one of the most respected prospects in the game today.  But, we gotta look at the positive that Granderson brings the Yankees – great defense and speed and power in the  lineup.  He’ll be a great #2 or #6 hitter.  For more information on Granderson, read some posts here from the last few days.

What was not answered today is what the Yankees plan to do with Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon.  GM Brian Cashman said that this trade does not affect the Yankees plans with those two, but how could it not?  The Yankees have already made it clear that they intend to cut payroll this season, and I am hard pressed to see how adding Granderson and the $25 Million he is owed between now and 2012 is cutting payroll – unless either Matsui or Damon will not return in 2010.

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