Skip to comments.Yankees lure Damon away from Red Sox
Posted on 12/20/2005 9:47:17 PM PST by Liberty Valance
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees grabbed center fielder Johnny Damon away from the rival Boston Red Sox, reaching a preliminary agreement Tuesday night on a $52 million, four-year contract.
Details of the deal were still being negotiated and Damon must pass a physical, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity because negotiations were not yet final. Moving from Fenway Park to Yankee Stadium will mean a change of style and scenery for the long-haired, bearded Damon - New York owner George Steinbrenner has rules governing the length of hair and bans beards.
"Sad to say bye to some of the greatest fans in the world. Unfortunately they had to see this day, but it's time for me to move forward," Damon told WBZ television in Boston.
Damon fills a double void for the Yankees, giving them a speedy center fielder who can cover ground and a leadoff hitter to top a star-studded lineup that also includes Derek Jeter, Gary Sheffield, AL MVP Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi.
Bernie Williams' defense declined significantly over the past four seasons. And while Damon's arm is not much better, he does cover a lot of ground, which is important in Yankee Stadium.
Agent Scott Boras had been seeking a seven-year contract for Damon. The offer Damon accepted was essentially the same as the deal Matsui agreed to with the Yankees last month.
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I'm tired of all these "franchise" pro athletes moving around? I'm sick of it, personally.
No biggie. For most of his career, Damon had no beard or long hair:
Talk about overpaying! Damon is a good ballplayer, but I think he topped out a year or two ago and has begun the gradual downhill side of his career. Might still be a marginal All-Star for another year or two. He's a good get-on-base guy, can cover the ground in CF--probably worth $8-9 mil per year for two-three years, but this contract is too high and too long. But hey, it's the Yanks.
Wow. Thanks for posting those pix. Damon has done some moving around.
How soon till the Yankee payroll hits 300 million?
Thank goodness! Now the Phillies can't waste their money on him.
I am a die-hard St.Louis Cardinal baseball fan, and get the DT's until it's SP(Spring Training).
I just went over to the Red Sox and Yankee boards on MLB.com.
On the Yankee boards:Everyone wants a Johnny Damon Yankee jersey.....NOW !!!!!! (so they can PO Red Sox fans.)
If you had any to sell on e-bay and could fulfill all the orders, you would be retired by the weekend, with Cardinal season tickets for life, paid for...
On the Red Sox Board:........If I were Johnny Damon, I would IMMEDIATELY take part of my 52 mil contract, and hire some one (for the rest of my life) to start my car.........
Thanks for the pics. OK, now all we need are the pinstripes... :-(
Bernie has indeed slowed down, but he still covers decent ground. Damon may cover a little more. Both have lousy arms, as the author mentioned. The big difference is that Bernie's bat has all but disappeared, and Damon is not only at the top of his game in that regard but is the leadoff hitter the Yanks have been looking for since ....the mid-80s.
I hear you. This actually works out well for the Mariners because the Red Sox are persuing the Mariners "so-so" centerfielder from last year, Jeremy Reed, if Damon left.
This means we will be negotiating from a position of power and can demand better prospects. The mariners need pitching the the red sox have good prospects up the wazoo.
No more trying to unload bad contracts or goose egg hurlers on us.
Yikes! That's an asinine amount of money to pay the Geico caveman.
The guy's already on the downslide, and he'll be collecting better than $12 million to ride the bench in 2010?!
It'll probably be somebody else's bench to boot, with George still signing his paychecks.
The yankees want Ichiro bad, but they know they aren't going to get him, so they locked up Damon as their leadoff man for the next couple years.
Stupid move. Damon's best days are behind him. I wonder if his media-loving wife will get any attention in New York. She's got a gig in Boston.
Not for long. Steinbrenner probably already made him an appointment at the team barbershop.
LOL. You nailed it. My wife is so pissed off right now, she's swearing off baseball. She's madder than I was at the strike ('94? '95?), and it took me until last year to even entertain interest in major league ball.
I was just on the Red Sox board on MLB.com. ....NO mention about ANY recent Seattle trade talk (Jeremy Reed??), but A TON of posts about Coco Crisp (Indians)....
Probably not soon. The Yankees lost money last season. They also have a lot of big contracts coming off the books(Kevin Brown, Bernie Williams....) so they are most likely replacing all that money they would have saved with more spending.
If Ichiro wants to win he'd do everything possible to get the heck out of Seattle. (The idiots just signed Carl Everett last week, to the dismay of every Mariner fan who follows the game).
Are you saying Damon will soon be seeing the Yankee Clipper?
Here's hoping the Red Sox now trade for Jeremy Reed. I'd love for my Mariners to get a starter, and the Red Sox may be willing to part with Bronson Arroyo. That would be a huge improvement in the 5th starter spot over that chump Ryan Franklin.
You mean last year? Yankees AL Champs. Or when the Red Sox bought him from KC? Yankees wanted him in 2001 but was outbidded by the Red Sox.
KC > Oakland > Boston > NYC
And you know how much the Yankees draw in other parks putting revenue into the opposing teams' coffers. Also the Yankees lead paying the revenue sharing to other teams that many don't use to better their own club. Yankees had more than 4 million fans last year and they continue to invest in the team.
Can't say I blame you.
"franchise players" are going the way of the dinosaur.
That said, Damon was many things, but he was never the franchise player, they traded that guy away a couple of years ago.
That's right forgot about him being in Oakland.
I'm afraid you're right. Here's a "dinosaur". Stayed w/ the Padres for his entire career - could have got more money elsewhere. Great player, good guy, and now, I would guess, the most beloved person in San Diego.
I think our prayers are about to be answered.
I hear you. I heard the Red Sox where trying to unload Matt Clement who's to be paid 17 million over the next two years.
Heard the mariners have been talking Arroyo instead as part of the deal.
Coco Crisp going to the red sox is less likely now that Nomar went to the Dodgers, when the Indians were very intrested in Nomar.
The Mariners might actually do some big improving this year. They finally are getting rid of Franklin.
Seattle-Times today: "Seattle acquired left-handed reliever Luis Gonzalez from the Colorado Rockies and still persuing Scott Elarton."
The Seattle Mariners failed to offer a 2006 contract to Ryan Franklin on Tuesday night, making the pitcher a free agent.
The 32-year-old right-hander went 8-15 with a 5.10 ERA in 190 2-3 innings last season, when he earned $2.4 million. He also was suspended from Aug. 2-11 after testing positive for steroids.
"It didn't make any sense to tender him," Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi said, adding that the team informed Franklin of its decision Tuesday.
johnny reminds me of snake plissken, only he has escaped to new york.
Yeah, because the Boston Red Sox have all those homegrown players, like Trot Nixon, and...and...and...???
I'm farily sure that Damon's stats have only been getting better the last three years. I think '04 and '05 were career years for him. But 52 mil is way too much for him, the Yanks will discover his shortcomings, (no arm and sometimes a streaky hitter). But then again, to Steinbrenner money is nothing.
There has been a lot of overpaying this year. The amount of quality free agents is pretty dismal.
And when you have Scott Boras involved, your wallet will be crying.
It does not matter: White Sox pitchers will make him look bad whether in Yankee pinstripes or Fenway red...
go go Sox in 2006...
.....and Jonathan Papalbon / Kevin Youkilis / Tim Wakefield - (been with the Sox for 11 years after playing a little with Pittsburgh P. in 92/93, if that counts).
White Sox have excellent pitchers, which shows once again that pitching really is the name of the game. But I don't think many pitchers can make Johnny Damon look bad when he's hot; in fact, none of them can. The thing with Damon is it's so hard to strike him out, he's averaged only 64 s.o.'s a year in his career and that's an amazing statistic. One of the greatest hitters ever, Manny Ramiriz, averages 104 s.o.'s a year. Damon will be a hit with the Yankee fans.
The White Sox could repeat, but it looks like the Yanks may have bought themselves another penant.
The fans will expect a whole lot out of Johnny. I do not think that he will be up to the task. But we'll see.
George Brett played his entire career in KC. He still owns the city.
Good move by the Yanks, lousy arm or not. And money simply doesn't matter -- what's overpaying by $3 million a year to them? They had no center fielder.
That batting lineup will be sufficient to overcome any pitching or defensive shortcomings. And yes, it's disgraceful and unfair.
and I will make a prediction that the Yankees will not win the World Series...again!
LOL - I think you're right.
The Sox needed to free up money for Clemens.
Who is Damon?
Who is the Red Sox?
My first thought: Johnny's centerfield position is AWFULLY close to the bleacher creatures in Fenway. I expect Johnny will be getting a lot of beer showers!