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Notes on Johnny Damon and more

Posted on: December 9, 2009 6:23 pm
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Where might outfielder Johnny Damon land if he and the Yankees can't get back together on a deal following New York's acquisition of Curtis Granderson? Here's one potential spot: San Francisco.

The Giants are looking to improve their offense and met this week with agent Scott Boras, who also represents third baseman Adrian Beltre, another potential fit with the Giants. Damon's bat certainly would compliment an ace rotation featuring Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Barry Zito well.

The Yankees remain interested in retaining Damon, though the acquisition of Granderson provides them with leverage to bring him back on their terms rather than on his -- or, at the very least, to meet on middle ground.

While announcing the three-way blockbuster trade with Detroit and Arizona that netted the Yankees Granderson on Wednesday, Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman said that the move does not necessarily preclude them from talking with Damon and free agent designated hitter Hideki Matsui.

"We're still fluid in our discussions right now," Cashman said. "It gives us comfort to know we have solved a big part of our offense. We have a great offense as it is, but when you have the potential of losing a Damon and Matsui ... with Granderson in mix, [it's like], 'All right, I've got certain things taken care of, it's not as bad as it was an hour before sitting at this podium."

-- Free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre expects to sign a multi-year deal, sources with knowledge of his thinking said Wednesday. Baltimore and San Francisco are among the interested teams.

-- Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski says he expects newly acquired outfielder Austin Jackson, from the Yankees as part of the Granderson trade, to break camp with the big league club next spring.

-- Dombrowski on the difficulty of dealing a player as popular as Granderson is in Detroit: "It's very difficult. When I talked to him on the phone today, I said it's one of the more difficult phone calls I've made in my career. You've all seen the ability, it speaks for itself. But he's as quality a human being as you'll find. He's an individual who meant a lot to our franchise, to our city, to our state. I know he's well-loved, and it's deserved, but as I told him, we're making some adjustments and it's a business decision. He's a unique individual, and I understand when you trade players that are known for players that are unknown, it's never a popular move with your fans."

-- Not much today on the Cubs' front in their efforts to deal Milton Bradley, other than the fact that it remains their No. 1 goal. "They're trying to push Bradley out the door as soon as possible," one source says.

-- Congratulations to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, who will be inducted into the writers' wing of the Hall of Fame next July as the winner of this year's J.G. Taylor Spink award.

-- Congratulations also to the legendary Peter Gammons, who ends his 20-year run at ESPN this week and will move over to the MLB Network. The move will allow Peter more flexibility, less travel and more time in his native Boston area. Well deserved for one of the game's class acts.

 

Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:51 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

they will never learn.

Giants won't ever win.


how about signing someone who may be good instead of someone who used to be good?


while joe carter and marquis grissom worked a long time ago...
it hasn't worked since...

Edgardo Alfonzo, Ryan Klesko, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, Dave Roberts, Randy Winn, Ray Durham, Omar Vizquel, Moises Alou...
why not go after someone who is under 33 years old?

am i crazy?
No, you're not........


I think the Giants have a "thing" for signing players in their late 30's, who are well past their prime. Pretty sad. With all that young pitching, you'd think they'd go in another direction.




Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 5:07 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

  No you are not! Seems like the Giants go for the quick fix like an addict. The one signing that I liked some years back was the inking of Big Daddy Rick Reuschel. I believe he had a couple of good years with the Giants when some people thought he was past his prime. I don't know how many years that Damon has left in him or if he can even play a full season anymore. He doesn't have the best of arms , and I'm always wary of signing a player that had a lights out year. If they do sign him, I sure hope it is not for a record amount of $ and a long term contract that they signed on Zito.



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 4:01 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

This is a terrible idea.  Over the last few years, his numbers have slowly been on the down slide from when he was on the Red Sox.  Last year’s power numbers were an aberration caused from a combination of having a new power hitting stadium and having Jeter hit in front and Tex/A-Rod hit behind him.  All of that will be gone if he went to the Giants.  He can no longer field his position really well and lost a lot of his speed.  The last thing the Giants need is another Rowand sucking up a seven digit contract.  If you remember his numbers looked pretty good surrounded by real hitters at a power hitting stadium.




Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 3:37 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

When will Boras clients realize that this dude is going to cost him opportunities.  Johnny may wanna go where the money is, but that actually may mean that NY is out.  The Yanks may sign Johnny, but they certainly don't need to w/Swish, Melk, Gardner and now Curtis.  I think Johnny's a good ballplayer that gives a great effort and enjoys the game the right way so I wish him luck.  Just wish he woulda left Boris in the parking lot, he might still be a Yank.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 3:19 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

It would make sense for Damon to go to San Fran... where players go to die




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 2:41 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

Oh no! Please Sabean! I will personally take money out of my pay and deposit it into the account of your choice if you DONT sign that bum Damon. Do you not see that his numbers were inflated by that sandbox they call a baseball field in NY?! Seriously, If you really want a left fielder who throws like an 8 year old girl, then SIGN ME for an 8th of the money! Enough with the dumb signings! Year after year we Giants fans get promised a big bat, and we get Sanchez, and Garko? Really?! You morons up in the front office, STOP IT! You really are going to waste Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez, and probably eventually Bumgarners, primes arent you?! Even talking about Uggla doesnt make sense! I like him, but WHY IN THE HELL would you put another free-swinging, strikeout prone bat in the lineup?! Doesnt this lineup have enough problems not taking pitches? Enough with the hoarding young pitching. DEAL THEM NOW! You could get a few great bats for what we have in our system!

My team makes me want to cry like Tim Tebow.



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 2:27 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

Who is Aaron Rowland? Never heard of him? And you have the level of a superstar? wow.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:21 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

they will never learn.

Giants won't ever win.


how about signing someone who may be good instead of someone who used to be good?


while joe carter and marquis grissom worked a long time ago...
it hasn't worked since...

Edgardo Alfonzo, Ryan Klesko, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, Dave Roberts, Randy Winn, Ray Durham, Omar Vizquel, Moises Alou...
why not go after someone who is under 33 years old?

am i crazy?




Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:18 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

Well said..



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:01 pm
 

Notes on Johnny Damon and more

Aaron Rowand, not Rowland.


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