Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Updates on Damon and Matsui
Scott Boras the agent of Johnny Damon is telling teams that he is seeking a 3 or 4 year contract. It also sounds like he doesn't want to accept anything less than what he was making under his most recent Yankee contract which is 13 Million per year over the last four prior seasons. How many teams will be willing to do that? I can't imagine too many and most certainly if those are his demands the Yankees will not meet them. The White Sox are said to have a lot of interest in Damon, but I can't see them paying out a 3 or 4 year deal at 13 million a year. As we know last year was a slow year for free agents and money wasn't there outside of the three big contracts the Yankees handed out. I expect a lot of the same, and you could see a lot of players holding out for a deal on into the winter and sign shortly just before Spring Training begins.
Word circulating from Hideki Matsui's agent is that he wants to play another three years. Are the Yankees going to give him a three year contract? No, as most teams probably won't, especially with the concerns about Matsui's knees. However, a series of one year deals could be more likely. It is sounding more and more likely that the Yankees are interested in retaining Matsui, but again; it appears they want to keep it on a one year basis.
By Vinnie Ferrarini