Johnny Damon Doesn't Want a Pay Cut

Probably more important is the perception (some would say reality) that Johnny Damon’s performance at the plate this season was largely a function of the stadium he played half his games in (.915 home OPS v. .795 on the road). Clearly Damon doesn’t agree with this given the quote above, which is perfectly fine. However, information like that displayed on the hittracker.com chart below are becoming more and more easily available, and this picture is pretty telling.

It also doesn’t help that LF is the most ‘stacked’ of all positions in this FA class–Damon is instantly behind Holliday and Bay, and gets to fight over scraps with the likes of Jermaine Dye, Vladimir Guerrerro etc. (and don’t be surprised if the Yanks consider Mike Cameron for their sizeable LF).

In the end, Johnny Damon was about a 3 win player this year (per fangraphs.com), which made him roughly worth the $13 million he was paid. I don’t see anyone betting he keeps that up, though–and especially not over a multi-year contract.…

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Will the Yankees reel Josh Johnson in?

Mike Axisa tackled this topic earlier, and it was one I was hoping to get a jump on as the news came over a slow baseball weekend that Josh Johnson...

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Mauer Wins MVP, Tex 2nd, Jeter 3rd

From the BBWAA:

Joe Mauer, who won an unprecedented third batting championship for a catcher and helped propel the Minnesota Twins to the American League Central title, was elected the AL Most Valuable Player for 2009 in balloting by the BBWAA.

Mauer, the first catcher to lead his league in batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.444)...

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Time to get your learn on

Noll: The only way to have equally balanced teams is to ban trades and sales of players and to have periodic drafts of managers, coaches and directors of player personnel. The methods that leagues use to create balance have been shown to have little or no effect on the distribution of quality among teams. The logic behind it is that it is not in the interests of owners as well as players to have balanced competition. If all teams were of the same strength, total league revenues would go up if the best player in KC were traded for the worst player in NYC. In a regime of salary caps and no free agency, the KC owner will be richer if he sells his underpaid star to NY.

There’s so much more to read, including discussions about collusion, stadium financing, sharing of revenues from MLBAM and the MLB Network, etc. Worth a read if you are at all interested in the business side of this wonderful game.…

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Joe Mauer deserves the MVP *UPDATED*

Why he’ll win: He’s Jeter. Winning is what he does, from the 103 regular-season games his Yankees won this season to the 11 other victories they recorded in the postseason. On the surface, Jeter’s numbers can’t match those of Mauer, who bested him in nearly every major offensive category despite missing a month due to injury. And Jeter’s playoff performances don’t count toward the voting. But some look at the MVP as a platform for a sort of lifetime achievement award, and Jeter, who has never won an MVP, could stand to benefit — just recall the 2006 vote, when Jeter nearly bested Morneau despite inferior numbers almost across the board. Throw in the fact that Jeter played some of his best defense in years this season, and he has a chance. Not a great chance, but a chance.

Why he won’t: The stats, quite simply. Almost every significant number points in Mauer’s direction, and Jeter will need a heck of a lot of “intangibles” to overcome that disadvantage.

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