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Johnny Damon was nothing but a positive force for the Yankees. He was great with the media, fans, and he played  at a high level while fighting through many injuries. He may like to be called an “idiot” or whatever, but the guy was nothing but class for the organization.

Do you actually believe everything he just said at his Detroit Tigers press conference? I don’t, but that doesn’t mean I will turn my back on him and start hating. He was basically talking a bunch of bullshit to warm up to the Detroit fans. The guy was clutch, and was just recently praised for his double steal in the Fall Classic. Now, you’re going to forget everything he has done over the past few years over some silly statements he made?

In this case, it was more about his agent Scott Boras and how he’s always looking for the biggest contract. He made Damon out to be something he is not, and he brought him down the wrong path. It wound up biting him in the ass, as he didn’t get what he wanted. I have nothing but good things to say about the guy. Don’t forget that when he was on the air with Mike Francesa not too long ago, and he left the door wide open to returning to the Yankees some day. He also said that he had no hard feelings towards the organization. (more…)

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With Sheets and Nady finding new homes, the list gets narrower for Johnny Damon. It seems like everyone is getting annoyed over (including me) this waiting game with Johnny Damon and his agent, Scott Boras. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been posting about him the last few days about him, because the story seems to change every other day.

We heard that Johnny considered retirement, Cashman denied having a “Damon Deadline”, the Yankees have the low offer out on Damon and Damon would have a team in a week.

Cashman seems really angry about the whole situation: “How long it’s taking certain people to wake up and smell the coffee, that’s what surprises me,” Cashman said. “When you get on the phone with agents, they tell you one thing, and certain agents can’t honestly believe what they’re trying to convey. Do they think I’m stupid?”

Girardi says, “I don’t see it getting done” 

The A’s, Cubs, BoSox, Mets and Braves  all seem to have made moves to fill in their missing voids. Meanwhile, the Yankees still have a hole in left field (unless you’re satisfied with Gardner). Cashman is calling Boras’ bluff and nothing seems to be happening now. 

With all of this going on, my gut still tells me that Damon will wind up with the Yankees. I mean..if he wants to win, then he will return to the Bronx. Where else can he go anyway? (more…)

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Steve Serby of the NY Post did a Q&A with Scott Boras, and this is what he had to say:

Q: Negotiating with George Steinbrenner?

A: One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever dealt with . . . a true American . . . a great sportsman. Someone who’s very direct, but when information is brought to him, certainly he listened and responded. I really miss working with George, although Hal has demonstrated he has the abilities to carry on the Steinbrenner legacy.

Q: The end of the seemingly endless Bernie Williams negotiations (when Bernie nearly left for the Red Sox)?

A: (George) turned to me and said, “OK partner, we have to make sure this guy does well for the next seven years!”

Q: Your response?

A: “George, we’re gonna look back on this and say Bernie Williams was responsible for at least three World Championships during his career with the Yankees.” He got four. We all felt very good about the outcome of it.

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Johnny Damon recently stated that the Yankees haven’t made him an offer yet. Rumors have been flying around that the Yankees and Damon were as much as $34M apart on negotiations. (18 mil for 2 vs. 52 mil for 4) Scott Boras won’t stop running his mouth, and all he cares about is securing a three or four-year deal for his client.

Damon has proved to be a durable player, as he plays through injuries and has played 140+ games in every season of his career. That still doesn’t make it right to give him more than two years, when he is 36 years-old and can’t play the outfield. Damon likes New York, the fans like him, he’s winning here….so why not take him back? It all depends on the structure of the deal.

This is what Damon has to say….

“My friends and family are calling to tell me about this offer and what I want and it’s all wrong,’’ Damon told The Post today. “The Yankees haven’t made an offer and I haven’t told them what I want. Everything else is not true.’’

“Two years, four years, all that happens when Scott talks to the Yankees,’’ Damon said. “That comes later but we haven’t had any talks at all. I don’t know where all this stuff came from.’’

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The New York Daily News is reporting that the Red Sox are about to get hot and heavy with the Blue Jays in their pursuit of Doc Halladay. An unnamed source indicated that the Red Sox would prefer to wrap up the deal before the Winter Meetings start on December 7th.

Now, if this unnamed source is telling the truth, will this ultimately force the hand of the Yankees? Undoubtedly. I can see the Yankees letting a John Lackey go to the Red Sox in free agency, but in no way would I ever want to see Doc Halladay just fall into their laps. Do I think he will come that easy to the Red Sox? Probably not, but considering the dearth of suitors available for the Blue Jays, it will likely come down to the Yanks and Sox again.

Mark Feinsand believes it would take a package of Phil or Joba and Jesus Montero and/or Austin Jackson to pry the good Doc away from Toronto. I can live without Austin Jackson, but it would almost certainly force the Yankees hand on the free agent market this year. Even then, Scott Boras would smell blood in the water and could possibly force a 3rd option year on to a possible Damon contract.

In other words, the fun is about to begin.

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     It looks like Alex is not in the country. So Alex was confronted by Selena Roberts about these steroid allegations in Miami and then leaves the country? Scott Boras said that Alex will issue a statement soon.

From the Associated Press:

Major League Baseball and the players union issued statements Saturday, refusing to confirm or deny the report on Rodriguez, citing player confidentiality.

Scott Boras, Rodriguez’s agent, said Saturday that Rodriguez was out of the country but would issue a response “as we go forward.” SI.com reported that, when it asked for comment, Rodriguez said: “You’ll have to talk to the union.”

and along with that…Brian Bruney backs A-Rod:

While the team’s front office had nothing to say about Sports Illustrated‘s report that A-Rod failed a drug test in 2003, Yankees reliever Brian Bruney threw all of his support behind his teammate.

“We’re all very supportive of all our teammates,” Bruney said. “Alex has no reason to do anything like that. I’ve seen firsthand – as I’m sure everyone has – how hard Alex works. I don’t believe it. That’s where I stand. I honestly don’t believe it.”

Bruney said the SI report, which cited four anonymous sources, had “no backbone,” and until he heard who was making the claims, he chooses not to believe the story.

“It’s unfortunate that something like this comes out with no backbone on it,” Bruney said. “Alex, honestly, is the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in any sport. It’s pretty impressive to see how he works and takes care of himself, what he eats. He’s kind of like a robot. He already is the best player to ever play this game, in my opinion, and he would have no reason to do anything like that.”

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