It was rumored that Damon was seeking a three-year deal with an AAV of $13 million. Welcome to Damon’s Alternate Reality. Then came the Granderson trade, the Nick Johnson rumors and ultimate signing and finally the trade of Melky Cabrera. [Needless to say, we're still big fans of Brett Gardner as you can read here, and here, and here.]
I wrote a bit about Damon and the budget last week and most of the thoughts remain intact:
- He sure is a very good player. However, if I were part of another team, I’d look at his 2009 home/road splits and notice that his power spike was largely due to the new Yankee Stadium, particularly early in the season. There might be some team who thinks Damon’s skills will translate to their team, but I think it’s going to be a stretch, particularly for any team with a spacious LF. But as the old saying goes: “All it takes is one (idiot)“
- Damon + Boras = It’s About The Money, Stupid.