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Johnny Damon wants to be a Yankee, still bitter toward Rays

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Johnny Damon would like the Yankees to know that he has bat, will travel. (Getty Images)

The serious injury to Curtis Granderson has moved Johnny Damon to make public overtures to the Yankees. Here's what the 39-year-old, semi-retired outfielder told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

"I don't expect to hear from them. If they call, if they want me, I'll go. They are one of the only teams I would do that for. We'll see what happens in the future. If someone calls, I could definitely get ready."

Damon adds that he thinks he's better than "70-80 percent of the guys out there."

As for last season with the Indians, Damon attributes his paltry slash line of .222/.281/.329 to a lack of regular playing time.

In the same interview, the topic turned to Damon's solid 2011 campaign with the Rays (109 OPS+), and the Rays' decision to sign and re-sign Luke Scott. "I guess if you have a bad year and get hurt, you get re-signed," Damon told Feinsand. "I had a good year there and they didn't want me back."

Broadside, delivered.

In any event, as MLB.com's Bryan Hoch tweeted, the Yankees aren't as of yet returning Damon's affections ...

Developing. Or not.

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