Johnny Damon is out, too – at least, that is what the Yankees insist, privately. The only way I can see Damon returning is if he gets to February without an offer and begs the Yankees to take him back for one year and, say, $7 million. I can’t really picture that, for four reasons:
- Ownership believes there is no reason to have a payroll over $200 million anymore.
- Damon is still a very good player and will probably get a better offer somewhere else, though I don’t know where.
- Knowing Damon, I don’t think the idea of begging for a job has any appeal to him whatsoever, no matter how much he loves the Yankees.
- The Yankees may really want to try Gardner every day, because he is so much better defensively.
Let’s take ’em one-by-one, shall we:
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