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Damon Wants Back In For Peanuts
6 years ago  ::  Feb 25, 2013 - 8:31PM #1
scottsdaleyankee
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Johnny Damon makes pitch to Yanks






With Curtis Granderson out until May, ex-New York Yankee Johnny Damon has a message for his former team -- give me a call.


Speaking on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's Michael Kay Show, Damon said he is willing to play just the five or so weeks of the regular season that Granderson will miss and he even would take a league-minimum contract to return to the Bronx.



damon You guys know that I would have tons of interest to go to New York. But I just don't think they would be interested. I'm not exactly sure what happened over the years or something. They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit. It always had been. Have me for six weeks and then send me off on my merry way. That's fine.


-- Johnny Damon on return to Yankees

"You guys know that I would have tons of interest to go to New York," Damon told Kay and co-host Don LaGreca. "But I just don't think they would be interested. I'm not exactly sure what happened over the years or something. They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit. It always had been. Have me for six weeks and then send me off on my merry way. That's fine."


Damon, 39, played four seasons with the Yankees, which included 2009, his final year with the team, when the franchise won its last championship. He was not re-signed after his agent, Scott Boras, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman disagreed over terms of a new deal. Damon has bounced to three different teams in the past three years.


The Yankees considered signing Damon before the 2012 season but instead opted for Raul Ibanez as their designated hitter. Damon ended up signing with the Cleveland Indians in April and didn't appear in a regular-season game until May.


Damon said he doesn't plan on picking up the phone and calling Cashman.


"I know how the New York media works," Damon said. "I'm talking to you so I'm sure he'll hear about it tomorrow."


Reached by text shortly after the interview, Cashman didn't entirely rule out the possibility, writing that, "not at the moment" does he have interest in Damon. He added the team plans to "look at what we have."


With Granderson out, Brett Gardner will play center field and Ichiro Suzuki will be in right. The two leading candidates for left are Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera. The Yankees' top outfield prospects are not ready for the big leagues.


There has been speculation the Yankees could trade for the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano or the Los Angeles Angels' Vernon Wells, but no known substantial talks have taken place.


In 2012, Damon hit just .222 in 64 games for the Indians. Cleveland released him in August. Still, he remains confident he could fill in for Granderson.


"Absolutely," Damon said. "Losing a Curtis Granderson is a tough thing to swallow, but the way I hit at Yankee Stadium and the right field porch, I mean, it worked when I played for them. We'll just keep doing what we are doing, staying in shape, continuing playing soccer, continue to live my life. If they want to see what I can do, then I'll definitely be interested.


"I hope they have interest but it seems like they haven't the past couple of years. I don't know why things would change now."


Damon said it would take him three or four weeks to prepare for the season, meaning the Yankees would have to sign him in the next week or so to be in shape for Opening Day. If the Yankees were interested, Damon said money will not be a factor.


"I just want to play," Damon said.

6 years ago  ::  Feb 25, 2013 - 8:50PM #2
ru4_nyy
Posts: 3,316

If his agent Boras wasn't such a greedy pig, he might still be around. Thanks but no thanks Johnny. See ya.

6 years ago  ::  Feb 25, 2013 - 9:51PM #3
vdfebduderocks
Posts: 314

thanks for the offer Johnny.  For the better sake of our team, it makes sense to look in-house.  However, you can always be a part of the organization via the YES Network or special instructors.

6 years ago  ::  Feb 25, 2013 - 10:29PM #4
ninja108
Posts: 4,118

Damon had his chance to stay with the Yanks and forgot that Boras worked for him,not the other way around. I will say this..no doubt he loves the game but it's time for him to hang the cleats up.


 I'll also say this,it does appear that despite the 3-0 comeback and his part in it,Damon seems to want to come back more to the Yanks then Boston.


 I know he's a player for hire but he must have left on really,really bad terms with the FO there.

6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2013 - 12:09AM #5
JoeGNJ
Posts: 15,926

No Johnny...NO!

JoeGNJ - 2Timothy 4:7 - Acts 20:24
6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2013 - 10:22AM #6
61in61
Posts: 26,515

If he is serious about playing for league minimum why not sign him and see what he has left.

6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2013 - 10:27AM #7
newinn
Posts: 30,876

Feb 26, 2013 -- 10:22AM, 61in61 wrote:


If he is serious about playing for league minimum why not sign him and see what he has left.





Well we've kind of seen what he has left the last couple of years and it ain't much

6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2013 - 10:36AM #8
61in61
Posts: 26,515

Feb 26, 2013 -- 10:27AM, newinn wrote:


Feb 26, 2013 -- 10:22AM, 61in61 wrote:


If he is serious about playing for league minimum why not sign him and see what he has left.





Well we've kind of seen what he has left the last couple of years and it ain't much




That's true, but, for $500K they wouldn't lose much bringing him into camp for the spring. I don't think he has much left and I would rather see what Almonte is like but right now they need warm bodies.

6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2013 - 10:48AM #9
JoeGNJ
Posts: 15,926

Question for Johnny--If youre still good, and will play for the minimum, why isnt the rest of MLB knocking your door down?

JoeGNJ - 2Timothy 4:7 - Acts 20:24
6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2013 - 11:32AM #10
misscamaguey
Posts: 5,366

He had a chance and he laughed at the Yankee offer because he wanted $13 mill per year, no one gave him that. Now he is begging to come back for the league minimum pay. I rather give a chance to one of our own kids, obviously no one wants him in MLB and I hope that Cashman tells him to look somewhere else.

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