Kevin Davidoff of Newsday is reporting that the Yankees have made a one year offer to Johnny Damon worth 2 million dollars. Damon's options keep getting smaller and smaller as we inch closer to Spring Training, giving the Yankees a slight advantage in negotiations.
Yet, one AL source believes the Yankees and Damon are a match, and are working the logistics of a deal. Damon obviously wants more money, but if no one is willing to offer him a contract besides the Yankees, he must find a way to improve his value.
Damon hit .282 with 24 home runs in 143 games for the Yankees last season, not to mention a .281 postseason average. He spoke out frequently about his desire to remain in New York, and stepped up for the Yankees by posting a .290 average after the All-Star break.
A one year deal worth 2-4 million dollars, which includes a vesting mutual option, seems very reasonable for a 36-year old outfielder, especially with the way the market has changed in recent years.