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Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:16 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 12:19 pm
 


Raul IbanezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he'd still like another bat for his lineup and would be interested in two former Yankees returning to the Bronx.

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"Johnny [Damon] has been a great player for a long time," Girardi told Dan Martin of the New York Post. "There's been a bunch of names talked about, and they're all good players. [Raul] Ibanez, he's had a great career, and [Hideki] Matsui has had a great career. Obviously, we know what Johnny and [Matsui] have meant to this organization and Ibanez has had success wherever he's been. … I can't tell you it's going to be one of those three guys, but we know they know how to play here."

The Yankees had been counting on Jesus Montero as their main designated hitter, but he was traded to Seattle for Michael Pineda. Instead of the 22-year-old Montero as the DH, it appears the Yankees want to go with a much older player and expect the new DH to be more of a complementary player than an impact bat like Montero. Matsui, Damon and Ibanez are 37, 38 and 39, respectively.

Matsui, a Yankee from 2003-2009, hit .251/.321/.375 with 12 home runs for the A's last season. Damon, a Yankee from 2006-2009, hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers for the Rays last season. Ibanez has never played for the Yankees, but spent the last three seasons in Philadelphia. He hit .245/.289/.419 with 20 home runs in 2011.

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Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Johnny didn't crap in his hat the Red Sox tried to crap on him.  Damon was an integral part of 2 WS Championships Boston had gone a lllooooooooooooonnnnnnnggg time to get.  They go 86 years then turn around and get another 3 years later.  The issue was Damon wanted a 5 year 50 mil deal and the Red Sox were too cheap to sign him.  What loyality to a guy that helps you get 2 Championships.  Just for that stupid move the Red Sox deserve another 86 years of futility.  Enter the Yankees, they don't go 5 years but 4 for 52 mil..game set match Red Sox.  Two years later JD is winning a 3 WS.  Now if Boston had offered the 52 mil JD would have stayed but they didn't and the rest is history!  The Red Sox are the ones with crap all over themselves not Damon.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Gotta go with Damon is this mix.   Healthier and gets on base frequently setting up the Yankee offense.  He can still play a position in a pinch but the arm has always been a liability.  But we aren't looking for an everyday player gunning down guys taking the extra base just a LH bat with some pop.  He should come cheap and why not a 2 year contract just for old times sake.  Really thought Tampa would have resigned JD by now but who would have thought they would unload all the pitching they have the last 2 years and get NOTHING bat wise back for it.  Another long summer in Tampa Johnny, come on back to the short porch of Yankee Stadium and a chance to go deep into the post season.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Next time you try to be funny get the names right...Scott Brosius.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:13 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

I would bring back Damon for one year. He may not want to accept what the Yanks want to pay however which is in the 2 million range.  



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

How about Canseco?  He's due for another book out and he's probably in shape



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

I'm on the fence about this one.  They all have their strengths and weaknesses.   Matsui had a pretty inconsistent year last year and except for the mid-summer, he was awful.  Doesn't help that he played in a cavern in Oakland in a bad lineup either.  Positives are that the guy is very clutch, has pretty equal splits and won't need to play much to be happy.  He can platoon with Jones at the DH slot and occasionally pinch hit when needed.  Price will be very low for him and I'm sure he'd welcome a reunion in the Bronx--and I'm sure that his teammates and the fans would welcome him back.

Damon--same deal pretty much-- clutch player, popular, would be welcomed back with open arms.  Probably wants more playing time to reach 3000 hits than the Yanks are going to give him.  But, he could have a good year and increase his marketability for next off-season.  My one problem:  he hits lefties better than righties and when you have a solid platoon, how does that make sense?

Ibanez-- my personal favorite of the group.  Lefty with power.  Good clubhouse guy.  Great platoon option who can still play some decent defense in case of a prolonged injury to a starter.  I think he's welcome the chance to DH, play some OF and not worry about the total ABs he'd get to continue to play on a contender.   He's my vote--even though I have sentimental feelings about having Damon back, I think Ibanez fits the bill.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Take Damon, he crapped in his Red Sox hat twice. You can't come home if you take craps in your hat Johnny, you idiot!



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Take Damon, he crapped in his Red Sox hat twice. You can't come home if you take craps in your hat Johnny!



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

Damon is the best gamer of the bunch. He is a clutch player. He wants to come back. He loves the Yankee organization. I hope they bring him back.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Yankees could bring back Damon or Matsui

My sources in the Bronx are saying Todd Brosius, Oscar Gamble and Steve Balboni are on the short list of possible ex-Yanks returning to the club for a spring training workout. David Wells was also hoping to make a comeback but "Boomer" was still on a 6-month bender and his whereabouts are unknown at this time. Team officials have admitted that if Wells made the team, the Yanks may have a tough time finding a size 62 uniform to fit the rotund lefty.


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