The New York Yankees have been linked to almost every available outfielder on the free agent and trade market after losing Curtis Granderson for 10 weeks to a broken forearm. Former Yankee Johnny Damon has taken the opportunity to let the Yankees know he is available, even for a few weeks.
Damon, 39, has been looking for a job all winter and spring long and made it abundantly clear that he is willing to come back to New York if only the Yankees were to offer him a deal, even for the time Granderson is out. Damon appeared as a guest on The Michael Kay show and acted like an former flame trying to rekindle a relationship. “I’m not exactly sure what happened over the years or something,” Damon said. “They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit. It always had been. Have me for six weeks and then send me off on my merry way. That’s fine.”
Damon was a good player with the Yankees during his time in the Bronx but now he just sounds desperate and almost creepy. Why do I get the feeling Damon is calling the Yankees’ offices non-stop right now, hoping for someone to call him back?
Last season, Damon was very vocal about possibly rejoining the Yankees before the Yankees opted for Raul Ibanez. This year he has taken to appearing on radio shows in the hopes his former team is listening.
Damon signed with the Cleveland Indians last year, hitting just .222 before getting released in August. He remains adamant that he would be a fit in left field and would help fill the void on offense with Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch. “Losing a Curtis Granderson is a tough thing to swallow, but the way I hit at Yankee Stadium and the right field porch, I mean, it worked when I played for them. We’ll just keep doing what we are doing, staying in shape, continuing playing soccer, continue to live my life. If they want to see what I can do, then I’ll definitely be interested.”
Right now, it looks like the Yankees are going to see what they have in-house before looking outside. I sincerely doubt the Yankees will bring Damon in, even if he would play for free at this point. Damon doesn’t offer much on defense anymore and his arm has never been great. He doesn’t offer too much in the power department, even with a short porch, and the Yankees don’t need a left-handed singles hitter. They already have two of those in the outfield in Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki.
It is time for Damon to realize a reunion isn’t happening. There will be no second-go-around with the Yankees. Hopefully he realizes that before he shows up at Brian Cashman’s door with a teddy bear and flowers. Then again, minor league contracts don’t hurt anyone so bringing in Damon, or even Claudell Washington or Matt Nokes wouldn’t be a bad thing. The only thing that can hurt is not checking what is out there.