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polygon
12-20-05, 09:25 PM
Boston TV (WBZ) reports Johnny Damon has agreed to sign a 4 yr. deal with NYY

dabomb2045
12-20-05, 09:26 PM
link??

AndThenThereWasTino
12-20-05, 09:27 PM
Dear God Noooooo

Mark19
12-20-05, 09:28 PM
Boston TV (WHDH) reports Johnny Damon has signed 4 yr. deal with NYY

He didn't

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:28 PM
It would be better than a 5 year deal

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:28 PM
well, IF this is true, it's better than the earlier reported five year deal.

YANKEE MAGIC
12-20-05, 09:28 PM
Anyone else heard this??

38Special
12-20-05, 09:29 PM
hahahaha oh come on

dabomb2045
12-20-05, 09:29 PM
Im not gonna believe it till I see it reported from a reputable source...not some Boston TV station

AndThenThereWasTino
12-20-05, 09:29 PM
I really hope this is just a rumor....

BomberBrian
12-20-05, 09:30 PM
http://cbs4boston.com/sports/local_story_354222357.html

38Special
12-20-05, 09:30 PM
http://cbs4boston.com/sports/local_story_354222357.html

CBS4) BOSTON Johnny Damon Agrees To 4-Year Deal With Yankees.

Story to come.


wow its real

Tambe77
12-20-05, 09:30 PM
I just heard it on Fox Sports New England....5 years deal

flymick24
12-20-05, 09:30 PM
haha, boston TV?

at least he didn't say USA TV

njdhockey
12-20-05, 09:30 PM
I can't believe this until I see a linky link!

Panamaniac42
12-20-05, 09:30 PM
Boston TV (WHDH) reports Johnny Damon has signed 4 yr. deal with NYY


:link: (doubt you have one)

:-padlock- (should be necessary any minute now)


and if you're not BSing...my apologies...but I'll hold off on that

dabomb2045
12-20-05, 09:31 PM
holy crap....maybe this is real

Tambe77
12-20-05, 09:31 PM
I really hope that its a 4 year deal

YANKEE MAGIC
12-20-05, 09:32 PM
Holy caveman!

flymick24
12-20-05, 09:33 PM
i'm gonna throw up my dinner!

ring403
12-20-05, 09:33 PM
Unless/until there is some verifiable confirmation of this story, I think it's best if we treat this as just a rumor, and keep the discussion in the existing Hot Stove forum thread on Damon.

ring403
12-20-05, 09:37 PM
Since there now seems to be a link confirming the story, I'll re-open this thread for the time being.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:38 PM
Since there now seems to be a link confirming the story, I'll re-open this thread for the time being.

Any other link besides that news station?

HomeBrewRSFan
12-20-05, 09:38 PM
Dear god I hope this is true.

Vin
12-20-05, 09:39 PM
The link said he "agreed". Not "Damon signed with the Yankees". Unfortunately, we'll have to wait and see.

I gather that using the word 'agreed' is also an insurance for that website from getting sued.

dabomb2045
12-20-05, 09:39 PM
Any other link besides that news station?


I cant find anything....Im still skeptical

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:39 PM
I cant find anything....Im still skeptical

ESPN News usually has these things quite quickly

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:39 PM
I have ESPN News on and still nothing there.

Pagliarulo Era
12-20-05, 09:40 PM
I can't believe this, honestly. Didn't we learn from Bernie? Damons battled through injuries before, but how long can his body take a beating without it taking its toll. This has Steinbrenner written all over it. I hate his move.

ring403
12-20-05, 09:40 PM
Any other link besides that news station?That's it for the moment, as far as I know. I wanted to be sure that someone didn't just misinterpret something they heard on TV.

38Special
12-20-05, 09:41 PM
Its 4 years, he's never spent a day on the DL, he'll be tradable if we have prospects come up.

He fills a BIG BIG need on the team

AndThenThereWasTino
12-20-05, 09:41 PM
Heres the link guys,
http://cbs4boston.com/sports/local_story_354222357.html

nojoke
12-20-05, 09:41 PM
Hope we didn't give him too much, I hope its just 4

ICEBERG18
12-20-05, 09:42 PM
I have ESPN News on and still nothing there.

If ESPNEWS reports anything, they will just be reporting that there's a story out there saying that Damon has agreed to play for the Yankees. If they comfirm the story then that would be different.

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:42 PM
Well, this is now the second story today saying he's signing with the Yanks, maybe where there's smoke, there's fire.

Smokey
12-20-05, 09:42 PM
:( damn it!

dabomb2045
12-20-05, 09:42 PM
I have FSN New England on....and they are talking about a rumor floating around that the Yanks offered Damon 5 years $53 million

but they seem to be blowing it off as just a rumor. Nothing about a 4 year deal...nothing about the report from that TV station

Zac
12-20-05, 09:42 PM
http://cbs4boston.com/sports/local_story_354222357.html

edit: f*ck, beaten

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 09:42 PM
http://darthno.ytmnd.com/

ryanm1058123
12-20-05, 09:43 PM
Its 4 years, he's never spent a day on the DL, he'll be tradable if we have prospects come up.

He fills a BIG BIG need on the team

I agree. He bolsters our lineup and hopefully we signed him to a reasonable contract in those 4 years. Not to mention he improves the most glaring need coming into this offseason: outfield defense.

S2
12-20-05, 09:43 PM
If Dan friggin Roche is the one who breaks this story....

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:43 PM
If ESPNEWS reports anything, they will just be reporting that there's a story out there saying Damon has agreed to play for the Yankees.

Or, if there is actually a deal, they'd report that. But as of now, it's still the CBS station in Boston being the source. I am skeptical.

SuperMario66
12-20-05, 09:43 PM
I am going to cry.

I'm not even kidding. How the hell is this happening?

Tambe77
12-20-05, 09:43 PM
Damon leading off.....Jeter hitting second....if its true it could be really nice.......I'm just sayin'

AJW
12-20-05, 09:44 PM
Wow pinch me someone. Am I having a dream??

noneckwilliams
12-20-05, 09:44 PM
nothing on weei yet

njp584
12-20-05, 09:44 PM
if it's four years, then holy crap, I actually like this deal!

SuperMario66
12-20-05, 09:44 PM
Damon leading off.....Jeter hitting second....if its true it could be really nice.......I'm just sayin'

Oh, it sounds damn good, but it means he is on my team. :mad:

38Special
12-20-05, 09:44 PM
I like how people thought a center fielder was going to drop out of the sky.

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:44 PM
I have FSN New England on....and they are talking about a rumor floating around that the Yanks offered Damon 5 years $53 million

but they seem to be blowing it off as just a rumor. Nothing about a 4 year deal...nothing about the report from that TV station

The 5/53 one was from last night.

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 09:45 PM
What the holy f*cking sh*t?!

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 09:45 PM
Damon leading off.....Jeter hitting second....if its true it could be really nice.......I'm just sayin'

Offensivley, it's great. But the years man. The years!

goin for 27
12-20-05, 09:45 PM
I agree. He bolsters our lineup and hopefully we signed him to a reasonable contract in those 4 years. Not to mention he improves the most glaring need coming into this offseason: outfield defense.

It is the 4th year that makes it unreasonable.

brndnclaussen'sghost
12-20-05, 09:45 PM
It's a huge get...the biggest weakness on the team gets filled with an above-average guy, and it creates at the same time a huge hole in the number one rival.

The out years are uncertain, sure, but you have to like this short-term.

38Special
12-20-05, 09:46 PM
ITS FOUR YEARS.

Good god you'd think we signed Barry Bonds to an 8 year deal

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:46 PM
That's it for the moment, as far as I know. I wanted to be sure that someone didn't just misinterpret something they heard on TV.

To be honest, this to me is more a rumor than anything official.

MiamiKat
12-20-05, 09:46 PM
Oh no, please let this just be some sort of sick joke...

Still nothing on ESPN News, BTW...

SINCE77 2
12-20-05, 09:47 PM
I really hope that this is nothing more than a rumor. I respect the player, but this would be a poor signing.

destro
12-20-05, 09:47 PM
hey at least he can hit the ball

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 09:47 PM
I'm on the websites ESPN, Yahoo, and NY Daily News, with ESPNews on the TV, and no word of this anywhere.

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:48 PM
ITS FOUR YEARS.

Good god you'd think we signed Barry Bonds to an 8 year deal

IF it's four years, I won't be upset, but there is not only doubt on whether it's a 4 or 5 year deal, but also IF there is a deal at all.

njp584
12-20-05, 09:48 PM
Four years. It's not that long. It's a presidential term. I mean, come on. These past five with W have just flown right by, right? I mean... not like there's been any problems there, right? I predict the (potential) Johnny Damon era in New York will go as well as George W Bush's first four years in the white house. At least.

(I actually am in favor of this deal despite all the rampant sarcasm and liberalism in that paragraph.)

gdn
12-20-05, 09:48 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


Well, whatever. He'll be good for two years. It better be a front-heavy deal so we can trade him after two years.

Smokey
12-20-05, 09:49 PM
Defensively boston will be better w/o Damon when they trade for Jeremy Reed. Offensively it will hurt them.

Tifoso
12-20-05, 09:50 PM
Here ya go.

Accept it for what it is---good news. (Hey, for those who say he'll suck in the 4th year--if he helps us to a WS win, I don't much give a sheet what he does the other three years....after all, we haven't won in 5, so 1 in 4 will do ;) )


http://cbs4boston.com/local/local_story_354222357.html



Johnny Damon Agrees To 4-Year Deal With Yankees

AndThenThereWasTino
12-20-05, 09:50 PM
Well, this is now the second story today saying he's signing with the Yanks, maybe where there's smoke, there's fire.
Do you have another link?

GrouchoNYY
12-20-05, 09:50 PM
Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny
10:47 PM Johnny Damon and the Yankees have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, Newsday has learned.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/

gdn
12-20-05, 09:50 PM
We BETTER NOT LOSE #21 for this.

ICEBERG18
12-20-05, 09:51 PM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spdamon1221,0,7603605.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Sorry ahead of time for the double and triple posting of the same link.

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 09:51 PM
We BETTER NOT LOSE #21 for this.

We won't. He's not getting it.

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 09:51 PM
This can't be happening. It's not. I refuse to accept this.

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 09:51 PM
Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny
10:47 PM Johnny Damon and the Yankees have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, Newsday has learned.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/

Wow. Newsday.

Still nothing on ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, NY Daily News.com or on XM Satellite Radio.

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
Do you have another link?

It was mentioned in the Damon rumor thread.

gdn
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spdamon1221,0,7603605.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Sorry ahead of time for the double and triple posting of the same link."He gives the Yankees a natural leadoff hitter".... morons.

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
According to SoSH, it's also been announced on Rotoworld.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
Its been confirmed by ESPN NEWS

Mark19
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BomberBrian
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
We BETTER NOT LOSE #21 for this.

We don't.

shotgun_sam
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
yep, i almost spit up blood when i saw this....i've been reading through all the posts, like a twisted "Real/Fake??" soap opera journey....could be a long night

MisterNovember
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
Why are people so against this deal? Damon is a solid player, and if he's signed for 4 years, he'll still be younger than Sheffield when his contract is up. Maybe he plays CF for a year or two, then when there are better options he moves to a corner spot or a DHs.

CONFIRMED ON ESPN NEWS BTW!

Vin
12-20-05, 09:52 PM
$52 million? Jesus H. Christ. So much for the whole: "We want to get younger and spend less money on veterans act."

This has Steinbrenner written over it.

Shefnation
12-20-05, 09:53 PM
it's on the espnews ticker...

AndThenThereWasTino
12-20-05, 09:53 PM
please God, no, no, let it be a rumor, please please please

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 09:53 PM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spdamon1221,0,7603605.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Sorry ahead of time for the double and triple posting of the same link.
Damn, well at least it's only for four years. The Yankees always said if it gets down to 3/4 years they would be interested and it looks like it came down to those years.

MiamiKat
12-20-05, 09:53 PM
It's on ESPN News...it's really happening...

ryanm1058123
12-20-05, 09:53 PM
I love this move.. the 5th year would have made it a horrible move.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:53 PM
Why are people so against this deal? Damon is a solid player, and if he's signed for 4 years, he'll still be younger than Sheffield when his contract is up. Maybe he plays CF for a year or two, then when there are better options he moves to a corner spot or a DHs.

CONFIRMED ON ESPN NEWS BTW!

This is good work by Cashman, he has filled the holes we needed help with.

gdn
12-20-05, 09:54 PM
According to SoSH, it's also been announced on Rotoworld.They're reporting the CBS and Newsday story.

Vin
12-20-05, 09:54 PM
4 years and $40-45 million would've been much better, in my opinion.

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 09:54 PM
Its been confirmed by ESPN NEWS
This is true.... It's on the bottom line.

Here's Rotoworld, but they just credit CBS4 Boston, so doesn't mean much.
http://rotoworld.com/includes/topblurbs.asp?sport=MLB

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 09:54 PM
This blows.

gdn
12-20-05, 09:54 PM
We don't.Are you absolutely sure?


Whew.

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 09:55 PM
Okay, well with Newsday jumping on board, I think this may be legit.

shotgun_sam
12-20-05, 09:55 PM
Oh Sweet God.


Does anyone think that when he gets his jersey he'll say "But hey, I'm just a caveman...i have no idea about long term contracts, fancy deals and such. I think that little demons cook my breakfast in a "mi-cro-wave" in the morning. I just play baseball..."

ICEBERG18
12-20-05, 09:55 PM
We BETTER NOT LOSE #21 for this.

It's already locked in as ours for the hundredth time. ;)

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:55 PM
This blows.

I was looking foward to Bubba playing 130+ games too

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 09:55 PM
4 years and 40 million would've been much better, in my opinion.
That was Boston's reported offer.

38Special
12-20-05, 09:55 PM
I Am God

vegematarian
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
I don't get why so many of you are so upset. I'm happy. I think the off-season moves are looking nice now.

PinstripePride
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

gdn
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
It's already locked in as ours for the hundredth time. ;)Just checkin... just checkin. I'd be REALLY pissed if we lost that draft pick.

Now, I'm just pissed.

Ghost of Dan Pasqua
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
FOX 5 in NY just reported it as well....Jesus is coming and so close to Christmas.

SuperMario66
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
F*ck.

GrouchoNYY
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
XM Baseball Channel reporting deal per Jon Heyman. Now discussing it.

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
ESPN just stated it as "breaking news" on the main screen.

PeteRFNY
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
Just reported as FACT on FOX 5 News...I hope they cut his hair during a pre-game ceremony on Opening Day!

brndnclaussen'sghost
12-20-05, 09:56 PM
4 years and $40-45 million would've been much better, in my opinion.

At those dollars he'd probably still be in Boston. Gotta pay a premium to bring someone to another team most of the time.

I don't see what's not to like here, really. Crosby was NOT the answer.

gdn
12-20-05, 09:57 PM
This would've been a good deal 3-4 years ago. Too much money.

Tifoso
12-20-05, 09:57 PM
This can't be happening. It's not. I refuse to accept this.

Why not?

He's by far the best FA pp out there.

He wouldn't be the first FA from Bastin to come here and shine. Bubba will be the late inning D replacement. We will be fine.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:57 PM
1) we didn't give up prospects

2) we got the best CF'er available
3)we got a solid hitter
4) we improved our defense


you just can't satisfy some people. it was really the best move we could've made

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 09:57 PM
Cashman/Yankees kind of flew under the radar on this until it was done. They definitely played their cards close to the vest this offseason.

flymick24
12-20-05, 09:57 PM
We BETTER NOT LOSE #21 for this.

what's number 21?

27IsNext
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
Crap. :(

On the bright side, now we have all the leverage in the world to try for Jason Michael's for RF.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
what's number 21?


our draft pick, which is LOCKED and can't be taken away

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
Alllllright then. Welcome Damon I guess!

South Facing Epitaph
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
Excellent news!

gdn
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
what's number 21?Our draft pick in the first round next June.

yanks710
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
Wow!!!!

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
F*ck.



Allow me to emphasize that for you:


F*ck.

flymick24
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
oh, ok draft pick

PeteRFNY
12-20-05, 09:58 PM
you just can't satisfy some people. it was really the best move we could've made

Yup. Personally, I'm gonna feel a lot better now when he pops one into the short porch. Should be better on the vocal chords and larynx.

Yanks21
12-20-05, 09:59 PM
4 years isn't horrible. By the same token, it's Johnny Damon. Wow! I have to root for the guy now???

SoxFanXL
12-20-05, 09:59 PM
ESPN News just said it's a 4 year 52 million dollar deal.

Vin
12-20-05, 09:59 PM
They just announced it on CBS news channel 2. So it's official now

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 10:00 PM
2006 Yankees' Starting Lineup
1. Johnny Damon, CF, L
2. Derek Jeter, SS, R
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, R
4. Jason Giambi, 1B, L
5. Gary Sheffield, RF, R
6. Hideki Matsui, LF, L
7. Jorge Posada, C, S
8. Robinson Cano, 2B, L
9. Andy Phillips, DH, R

Sorry, all you "Jeter is a leadoff hitter" people.

MisterNovember
12-20-05, 10:00 PM
Cashman/Yankees kind of flew under the radar on this until it was done. They definitely played their cards close to the vest this offseason.

I LOVE what Cash did this offseason. He held onto the young guys, built a kicka*s bullpen, and acquired the best available CF. Our payroll is still going to be less than last season...whats not to like?

Were all the Damon-haters whining like this when the Yanks acquired Clemens? Personally, I like this deal.

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 10:00 PM
Crap. :(

On the bright side, now we have all the leverage in the world to try for Jason Michael's for RF.
The Yankees will definitely not trade a pitcher until late March now. They can wait and let the market for pitching come to them.

Tifoso
12-20-05, 10:00 PM
Alllllright then. Welcome Damon I guess!


brilliant av :clap:

Frank the Tank
12-20-05, 10:00 PM
Welcome Johnny. Please remove your hair at the door...

BronxBomber61
12-20-05, 10:00 PM
Yahoo has it!
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AvZbCdPEe1bPZLmAwd4Li4kRvLYF?slug=ap-yankees-damon&prov=ap&type=lgns

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:01 PM
They just announced it on CBS news channel 2. So it's official now

I really gotta stop watching Cartoon Network.

gdn
12-20-05, 10:01 PM
2006 Yankees' Starting Lineup
1. Johnny Damon, CF, L
2. Derek Jeter, SS, R
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, R
4. Jason Giambi, 1B, L
5. Gary Sheffield, RF, R
6. Hideki Matsui, LF, L
7. Jorge Posada, C, S
8. Robinson Cano, 2B, L
9. Andy Phillips, DH, R

Sorry, all you "Jeter is a leadoff hitter" people.Unfortunately, that's how it's going to be. Sad, because Jeter is the better leadoff hitter.

Ghost of Dan Pasqua
12-20-05, 10:01 PM
I LOVE what Cash did this offseason. He held onto the young guys, built a kicka*s bullpen, and acquired the best available CF. Our payroll is still going to be less than last season...whats not to like?

Were all the Damon-haters whining like this when the Yanks acquired Clemens? Personally, I like this deal.

Methinks that this one wasn't Cashman.

Spaceboy88
12-20-05, 10:01 PM
Welcome Johnny. Please remove your hair at the door...

:lol::lol::lol:

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:01 PM
Johnny and Jeter are going to score a lot of runs :( :( :(

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:02 PM
Unfortunately, that's how it's going to be. Sad, because Jeter is the better leadoff hitter.

He's the better Number 2 hitter too.

Yanks21
12-20-05, 10:02 PM
Our draft pick in the first round next June.

You can't lose FA compensation picks. The Yankees lose their own first round pick (late 20s), and their own second round pick for Farnsworth...

BTW, Damon just confirmed it himself on WBZ. Yankees apparently showed a lot more love than the Red Sox...

jpm114
12-20-05, 10:02 PM
ESPN radio now confirms Johnny Damon to the Yankees at 4 years 52M

CJM
12-20-05, 10:02 PM
Oy vey. Bernie, the late years, Part Deux.

gdn
12-20-05, 10:02 PM
He's the better Number 2 hitter too.Granted, it's not a bad 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.

I was kinda rooting for Bubba, to be honest...

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:02 PM
You can't lose FA compensation picks. The Yankees lose their own first round pick (late 20s), and their own second round pick for Farnsworth...

BTW, Damon just confirmed it himself on WBZ. Yankees apparently showed a lot more love than the Red Sox...

What's WBZ?

Buzah!
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
at least he hits lefty... ugh.

ryanm1058123
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
This blows.


Wow, way to be obnoxious. Why don't you state your dissatisfaction in the same way everybody else did it?

Panamaniac42
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
Polygon, I told you I'd apologize and here it is. Sorry for ?'ing your credibility :)

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
I LOVE what Cash did this offseason. He held onto the young guys, built a kicka*s bullpen, and acquired the best available CF. Our payroll is still going to be less than last season...whats not to like?

Were all the Damon-haters whining like this when the Yanks acquired Clemens? Personally, I like this deal.
This allows the Yankees not to rush any of their talented young outfielders until 2009. The Yankees at that time will be done with Giambi, thus they can move Matsui from LF to DH and then play Damon in LF for the 2009 season.

Tifoso
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
Yup. Personally, I'm gonna feel a lot better now when he pops one into the short porch. Should be better on the vocal chords and larynx.


Pete...

I really respect your baseball knowledge, amico mio.

In a sentence or two, how do you rate this signing. Am I the only one who is happy? Is this a "my gosh, we signed a RS" reaction?

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
Granted, it's not a bad 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.

I was kinda rooting for Bubba, to be honest...

Lets be honest here, Bubba blows

MO42
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
I like this move. Damon fills a hole and Yankees had a big hole in CF. We didn't lose any prospects and we didn't trade any of our starting pitchers. 4 years seems pretty reasonable to me. Welcome aboard Johnny.

Spaceboy88
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
This is going to make for a GREAT game when the Yanks first play in Boston in '06!

gdn
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
You can't lose FA compensation picks. The Yankees lose their own first round pick (late 20s), and their own second round pick for Farnsworth...

BTW, Damon just confirmed it himself on WBZ. Yankees apparently showed a lot more love than the Red Sox...So that means the Red Sox take over the Braves pick (our original - #28)?

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
Granted, it's not a bad 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.

I was kinda rooting for Bubba, to be honest...

Bubba for RF! Sheff as DH! That's what I want.

AndThenThereWasTino
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
I am just stunned... I can't believe this happened. Not happy at all.

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
Wow, way to be obnoxious. Why don't you state your dissatisfaction in the same way everybody else did it?


Because my mommy told me I was special and could do things my way.


Take a chill pill.

nhyankeefan
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
This is a good deal for the Yanks. They over paid him a little but they only have him for 4 years. I guarantee he will be more productive than Matsui when their contracts are up again. Don't forget he was the Sox MVP until injuries did him in late in the year.

goin for 27
12-20-05, 10:03 PM
Methinks that this one wasn't Cashman.

That is the most interesting part. Really want to hear him tomorrow.

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
Hulk MAD!

:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

nycdoc999
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
I would have loved it if it were 3y/$40-45M - even thought AAV would have been higher, we'd be less likely to be stuck in the same Bernie Williams situation we have now....

But you have to admit - for the next few years, our lineup should be stacked:

Damon
Jeter
ARod
Giambi
Sheffield
Matsui
Posada
Cano
Williams/DH

Not too shabby for 06 and maybe 07. Beyond that it's anyone's guess....

PeteRFNY
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
What's WBZ?

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Fax: 617-787-7328

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
This deal is fine for right now.

The only concern is whether or not, like CJM said, this will be Bernie II by the end of the contract. A three-year contract for around $10 mil per would have been fine.

I'm not in the "Damon Sucks" camp, but I'm not thrilled about the contract. I have mixed feelings. Not lovin' it, not hatin' it.

ALR83
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
Words cannot express how much I hate this.

gdn
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
Lets be honest here, Bubba blowsCompared to Damon? Absolutely. I just liked the human interest story...

sundstrom
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
the deal sucks. he is nearly as bad as bernie in CF. his contract will be horrendous in year 2. he pushes jeter out of the leadoff spot where he's BETTER than damon.

if george did this, cashman should quit.

if cashman did this, i don't know what's the matter with him.

Tambe77
12-20-05, 10:04 PM
This is good, this is really good. 5 years would have been bad, but Damon makes our lineup rediculous!

PerfectCone
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
Wow!!!

Yanks21
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
So that means the Red Sox take over the Braves pick (our original - #28)?

Yes...

YankeeFan1
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
I refuse to believe this. I see it on ESPNews, but I still don't believe it.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
Compared to Damon? Absolutely. I just liked the human interest story...

Compared to (pick any major league player) he sucks

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
Granted, it's not a bad 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.

I was kinda rooting for Bubba, to be honest...

Fu*k Bubba, I wanted Michaels who would get on base better and would play better D. Why God? WHY??

Spaceboy88
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
From BostonDirtDogs:
http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/AR_DJ_JD_shave.jpg

Matsui55
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
2006 Yankees' Starting Lineup
1. Johnny Damon, CF, L
2. Derek Jeter, SS, R
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, R
4. Jason Giambi, 1B, L
5. Gary Sheffield, RF, R
6. Hideki Matsui, LF, L
7. Jorge Posada, C, S
8. Robinson Cano, 2B, L
9. Andy Phillips, DH, R

Sorry, all you "Jeter is a leadoff hitter" people.

Not that likely to see that lineup- especially since Bernie will apparently re-sign in short order.

I think the more likely grouping (based on Joe's past practice) is:

Damon
Jeter
Giambi
ARod
Sheffield
Matsui
Posada
Cano
Bernie

bobtaco
12-20-05, 10:05 PM
Did they at least not give him a No Trade??

Panamaniac42
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
"He gives the Yankees a natural leadoff hitter".... morons.

John Heyman is a pube-munching clown.

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
WBZ-AM 1030 kHz
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Station Format: News/Talk
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Website:
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Phone: 617-787-7000
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How eerily descriptive. I'm gonna have to call them now. Thanks.

Thanks ;) :)

Pagliarulo Era
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
Oy vey. Bernie, the late years, Part Deux.

I have a feeling you're right...bad, bad contract. Look at his post-ASB splits. The Sox cut bait at the right time...I'm gonna be sick

goin for 27
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
Did they at least not give him a No Trade??

Great question. They BETTER NOT HAVE GIVEN HIM ONE.

27IsNext
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
The Yankees will definitely not trade a pitcher until late March now. They can wait and let the market for pitching come to them.

True, but in addition, this gives the Yankees a fallback so the Phillies can't say, "They're desperate, we're not backing off our demand for Wang."

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
Words cannot express how much I hate this.


I can think of a few. If he's productive and get's us #27, I'll begrudgingly accept that he's a member of this team, but if he sucks, I'm going to kill the F.O. This contract was for too much money and I fear this will be Bernie: The Late Years Pt. 2 and we can't go through that again.

YankeeFan1
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
Let me just say if Damon leads off, I'm puking.

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
One thing is sure, though. All those who wanted to upgrade the defense and get a gold glover in CF can't be happy. You'll have decent range with no arm at all. Basically, not much different than what we saw last year.

I wanted defense over offense in CF, which is why I'm not thrilled.

shotgun_sam
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
Johnny and Jeter are going to score a lot of runs :( :( :(



why is that sad?

Yanks21
12-20-05, 10:06 PM
What's WBZ?

Local TV/Radio station(s)...

Tifoso
12-20-05, 10:07 PM
1) we didn't give up prospects

2) we got the best CF'er available
3)we got a solid hitter
4) we improved our defense


you just can't satisfy some people. it was really the best move we could've made


EX-friggin-zactly :clap:

YankeePride1967
12-20-05, 10:07 PM
Unfortunately, that's how it's going to be. Sad, because Jeter is the better leadoff hitter.

Very true, but I don't think it's comparing Jeter to Womack. I would bat Jeter 1 and Damon 2, but doing it in inverse isn't the end of the world either.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:07 PM
why is that sad?

its called sarcasm son

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 10:07 PM
John Heyman is a pube-munching clown.


That's artfully descriptive.

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:07 PM
Let me just say if Damon leads off, I'm puking.

Joe's gonna lead him off.

Darth_Takeo
12-20-05, 10:07 PM
O

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Vin
12-20-05, 10:08 PM
I can't say Damon's defense is stellar but he still catches the ball, more average at best but a pretty good hitter.

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:08 PM
I don't think Cashman did this.

PeteRFNY
12-20-05, 10:08 PM
Pete...

I really respect your baseball knowledge, amico mio.

In a sentence or two, how do you rate this signing. Am I the only one who is happy? Is this a "my gosh, we signed a RS" reaction?

Why, I'm flattered! Flattened, even!

They could have done a lot worse (starting with leaving Bubba out there). I don't HATE this. I'm not passionately in love with it, but I'm not making a voodoo doll of it to stick pins into.

No matter what anyone says, this is a huge upgrade from Bernie offensively and no worse defensively. Plus, he's guaranteed to add years to his career by taking a pair of pinking shears to that quaff on his noggin.

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
Methinks that this one wasn't Cashman.
If you think that Cashman wasn't involved then your discrediting him. It was reported on Monday that Cashman held conference calls with Steinbrenner and I bet you the subject matter of those calls was the closing of this deal. Also, George King might not have been too off in his column about the Yankees holding off announcing the Dotel deal because Steinbrenner didn't give his approval last night.

Yanks21
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
I refuse to believe this. I see it on ESPNews, but I still don't believe it.

Believe it...Damon confirmed it himself on local television...

The way Damon was talking, it sounds like the Yankees were on him from day 1...

YankeeFan1
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
Joe's gonna lead him off. Then I'm puking now. Cashman needs to give Joe some hard truths about leading off Damon. Let him hit 2nd.

gdn
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
I wanted anyone but Damon. Honestly. We can live w/o the offense he would provide. Youth, payroll flexibility and defense were the needs of the day.

This fills none of those.

TheGameEpisode2
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
Anybody think the Yanks will trade for another OFer to move Sheff to DH?

Ex. Sturtze/Henn for Jason Michaels (whatever the deal was)

Damon CF (Never thought I'd write that...)
Jeter SS
A-Rod 3B
Giambi 1B
Sheffield DH
Matsui LF
Cano 2B
Posada C
Michaels RF

Amazing how two days changes everything. Yanks beefed up the bullpen, AND got their centerfielder.

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
I can't say Damon's defense is stellar but he still catches the ball, more average at best but a pretty good hitter.

We could've gotten a better player at less than half the cost. Stupid George!!

goin for 27
12-20-05, 10:09 PM
One thing is sure, though. All those who wanted to upgrade the defense and get a gold glover in CF can't be happy. You'll have decent range with no arm at all. Basically, not much different than what we saw last year.

I wanted defense over offense in CF, which is why I'm not thrilled.

Damon still has TONS more range than Bernie. It will be nothing like last year. Oh, he can hit too.

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
I don't think Cashman did this.
Why would you think that?

tmanf
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
FOXSports and MLB.com announced this too...not like anyone cares....

I'm surprised: the majority of the people here hate this deal. And most of the others are just saying "wow."

In my opinion $13M/Y is a lot for four years. He's a good hitter, but with a weak arm and old age. I don't know what to think right now....

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
We better be scoring 20 runs a game now....

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
If Cashman was behind this, I'm kicking him in the nads.

nhyankeefan
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
I have a feeling you're right...bad, bad contract. Look at his post-ASB splits. The Sox cut bait at the right time...I'm gonna be sick

He had a messed up shoulder. when he was healthy he was the Sox MVP. This is a good deal for the Yanks although a bit expensive (and it's not our money so who cares how much he makes). Plus it makes the Sox weaker so it's a win-win for now.

Darth_Takeo
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
I don't think Cashman did this.
Agreed.

This smells of Steinnie.

38Special
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
Ages

2006: 32
2007: 33
2008: 34
2009: 35

Bernie is 37 now, Brian Giles is 35 at the start of next season. Damon has not spent a day on the DL in his life. He's a line drive hitter who's likely to hook plenty of balls into the short porch like he did in the ALCS.

His salary is very fair considering the other deals this offseason, and equal to Matsui's. It is also not outlandish enough that he would be untradable, see A-Rod, Giambi, Jeter, Mussina.


When the other options are Bubba Crosby, and platoon player in Michaels, and a player in Reed who is a big time question mark (and who knows if we could acquire). Damon at this few years is the right move

We still have the chips to trade for a corner outfielder (which will be easier than center fielder), to push Sheff to DH and make the defense even better.

Best offseason of Cashman's career.

However, i think i'm going to take a break from here since people cant seem to have real discussions about this without going "f*ck" this sucks cashman is a puppet hes a red sox gawd omg. Keep on panicing for no reason.

Clive
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
its called sarcasm sonOoh, a sarcasm detector. Now that's a useful invention.

*kaboom*


I like how people thought a center fielder was going to drop out of the sky.


ITS FOUR YEARS.

Good god you'd think we signed Barry Bonds to an 8 year deal:lol:

Right on man. This is precisely how to look at it.

polygon
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
"We could've gotten a better player at less than half the cost"

Please, flatter me with some names?

AMYanks
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
Oh boy.

Yankees™
12-20-05, 10:10 PM
He fills a hole, that's for sure.

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
Then I'm puking now. Cashman needs to give Joe some hard truths about leading off Damon. Let him hit 2nd.

I'm puking too. I HATE this deal so much. Damon is gonna be Bernie II. I'm fu*kin' speechless.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
We could've gotten a better player at less than half the cost. Stupid George!!

My ass. There was no one available, and the asking price for Michaels and Reed was going to start and end with Cano/Wang whatever way you try to spin it

noneckwilliams
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
Words cannot express how much I hate this.

people will be surprised to discover that contrary to the mythology damon doesn't "catch everything" in cf. this sucks big time. another bloated, unmovable contract for an guy who's best seasons are in the rear view.

a sad day.

BillBuckner
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
NOOOOOOOO. A rational solution to our CF bitching! God Help us!

lem
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
I go downstairs for coffee and this happens.

NelsonMuntz
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
Can't say I'm thrilled about this, and I absolutely hate the 4th year, but at least we're not going into next season with Bubba in CF.

On a side note, imagine how loudly Damon is going to get booed the first time he goes into Fenway as a Yankee :eek:

nycdoc999
12-20-05, 10:11 PM
Another 4 years of everyone and their mother going 1st to 3rd on every hit....

:eek:

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
I go downstairs for coffee and this happens.


Never do that again.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
NOOOOOOOO. A rational solution to our CF bitching! God Help us!

THANK YOU. You can never please some people

lem
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
This is actually very reassuring in that Bernie won't exceed his deserved role, but disturbing otherwise.

matt27
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
blech. i hate this.

Darth_Takeo
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
While this move may be controversial...


...I'm almost giddy.

Why?

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
"We could've gotten a better player at less than half the cost"

Please, flatter me with some names?

Jason Michaels. Even if you don't think he'd hit like Damon, he'd atleast play A LOT better D. Plus it looked like he was gonna cost only Sturtze and Henn.

NYYBombshell
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
Can't say I'm thrilled about this, and I absolutely hate the 4th year, but at least we're not going into next season with Bubba in CF.

On a side note, imagine how loudly Damon is going to get booed the first time he goes into Fenway as a Yankee :eek:



9.8 on the Richter Scale.

Panamaniac42
12-20-05, 10:12 PM
Let me just say if Damon leads off, I'm puking.

He will, and will leadoff only once a game.

.366 obp last year and .380 year before...i'm not exactly going to slit my wrists if he leads off.

what, do you want him to bat 9th?

Yanks21
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
We could've gotten a better player at less than half the cost. Stupid George!!

Who?...

AnibalTheCannibal
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
our draft pick, which is LOCKED and can't be taken away

Care to explain that one? If the pick isn't in the top 15, it cannot be "locked", unless of course you plan on taking over the podium when the pick comes up, and the Red Sox announce the player they choose. ;)

EDIT- I see you mean the Gordon pick. I meant the Yanks actual pick, number 28. Apologies.

jjm33
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
Everyone should be required to look at JDs 2nd half stats from last year before commenting...

Vin
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
Ages

2006: 32
2007: 33
2008: 34
2009: 35

Bernie is 37 now, Brian Giles is 35 at the start of next season. Damon has not spent a day on the DL in his life. He's a line drive hitter who's likely to hook plenty of balls into the short porch like he did in the ALCS.

His salary is very fair considering the other deals this offseason, and equal to Matsui's. It is also not outlandish enough that he would be untradable, see A-Rod, Giambi, Jeter, Mussina.


When the other options are Bubba Crosby, and platoon player in Michaels, and a player in Reed who is a big time question mark (and who knows if we could acquire). Damon at this few years is the right move

We still have the chips to trade for a corner outfielder (which will be easier than center fielder), to push Sheff to DH and make the defense even better.

Best offseason of Cashman's career.

However, i think i'm going to take a break from here since people cant seem to have real discussions about this without going "f*ck" this sucks cashman is a puppet hes a red sox gawd omg. Keep on panicing for no reason.

The only thing I don't like is your avatar. Who's that guy anyway. But your post is well-thought out.

27IsNext
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
At least so far this offseason, it's still...
Cashman 7 George 1

(Matsui, Stinnett, Sturtze's option, Farnsworth, Myers, Villone trade, Dotel to George's Damon.)

YankeeFan1
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
I'm beyond disgusted though I have to resign myself to his presence. That shaggy, obnoxious, adulterous ass is now a Yankee. Okay, I've gotten it out of my system. Welcome, Uncle It. Okay, now I've got it out of my system. Welcome, you know what your name is. Okay, it will take me some time. I'll better by the time Spring Training comes around.

mr G
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
this is a great pic up , i can't believe we were able to pull it off !!! 2006, is gonna be a great year !!!

gdn
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
As I've said before - here's the problem. He is NOT a good defensive CFer. We don't NEED extra offense. Jeter, Sheff, A-Rod, Giambi are good enough. Now we've locked up 52 million more.

This also blocks the young prospects, unless he moves to RF in two years.

lem
12-20-05, 10:13 PM
Now he'll finally get rid of that stupid Jesus beard.

AMYanks
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
"We could've gotten a better player at less than half the cost"

Please, flatter me with some names?

Michaels is MUCH better defensively, gets on base more, and would be a lot cheaper. Reed is incredibly better defensively, cheaper, and younger.

goin for 27
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
1) we didn't give up prospects
2) we got the best CF'er available
3)we got a solid hitter
4) we improved our defense


you just can't satisfy some people. it was really the best move we could've made

For this year, absolutely. The problem is that it is not a one year deal. You have to look at the bigger picture, and this could bite back hard down the road. If he has one Bernie year, it could be okay. If he has 1.5 or 2.....

Panamaniac42
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
I'm out of here...WAY too many people overreacting. Later, folks.

Maybe we should have just traded Robinson Cano for Torii Hunter...would that tickle your fancy?

Wang for Kotsay?

Evil Empire
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
As I've said before - here's the problem. He is NOT a good defensive CFer. We don't NEED extra offense. Jeter, Sheff, A-Rod, Giambi are good enough. Now we've locked up 52 million more.

This also blocks the young prospects, unless he moves to RF in two years.

So you want a really week arm in RF?

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
Care to explain that one? If the pick isn't in the top 15, it cannot be "locked", unless of course you plan on taking over the podium when the pick comes up, and the Red Sox announce the player they choose. ;)

Someone posted the link earlier, we can't lose the 21st pick, we give up our late first round pick to the Sox (or sup round)

PettittesPrincess
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
:barf: :barf: :barf:

yeahimweird
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
F*CK.

Sam18
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
NOOOOOOOO. A rational solution to our CF bitching! God Help us!


THANK YOU. You can never please some people

Have you seen his numbers away from Fenway? He also isn't near what he used to be defensively.

bronxbomberz212
12-20-05, 10:14 PM
what bull................. thats all i gotta say. if it were this and signing bernie to play everyday i'd have chosen bernie. this deal makes no f*cking sense. if this was cashmen he should be thrown into a bottemless pit of fire and lava.

Johnny O
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
This is horrible. 4 years - $52M??? Smells like Steinbrenner.

Just awful, I'm disgusted.

DiMaggio5CF
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
So, this is basically the prospective 25-man roster as of now . . .

Starting Lineup
1. Johnny Damon, CF, L
2. Derek Jeter, SS, R
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, R
4. Jason Giambi, 1B, L
5. Gary Sheffield, RF, R
6. Hideki Matsui, LF, L
7. Jorge Posada, C, S
8. Robinson Cano, 2B, L
9. Bernie Williams, DH, S

Bench
C: Kelly Stinnett, R
CI: Andy Phillips, R
MI: Felix Escalona or Miguel Cairo, R
OF: Bubba Crosby, L

Starting Rotation
1. Randy Johnson, L
2. Mike Mussina, R
3. Carl Pavano, R
4. Shawn Chacon, R
5. Chien-Ming Wang, R

Bullpen
Closer: Mariano Rivera, R
Setup: Kyle Farnsworth, R
Middle A: Tanyon Sturtze, R
Middle B: Ron Villone, L
LOOGY: Mike Myers, L
Long: Jaret Wright, R
Long: Aaron Small, R

Minors/DL: Scott Proctor, Octavio Dotel

Yanks21
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
Jason Michaels. Even if you don't think he'd hit like Damon, he'd atleast play A LOT better D. Plus it looked like he was gonna cost only Sturtze and Henn.

Jason Michaels is a 4th outfielder...

Panamaniac42
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
Reed is incredibly better defensively, cheaper, and younger.

"Cheaper" as in, we would only have to trade Carl Pavano for him?

Because that's what Seattle threw out there.

Tino55
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
This would've been a good deal 3-4 years ago. Too much money.

Why does everyone care about the money like its yours or something?

Either you like the move or you don't.

njp584
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
Welcome Johnny. Please remove your hair at the door...


You know, there's nothing I hate worse than these rules that the Yankees have to keep their hair short, and no facial hair. Does everyone forget how much fun Boomer Wells was? If you ever wanted to loosen up a tense clubhouse, let them grow their hair and goatees. No one will care if they look back at a team that was a bit looser and played with less tension. I really dislike the stupid rule.

But, I know what you're saying, you're just referencing the rule - this wasn't a rip on you, F the T. Just a rip on the rule.

StatenIslandYankee
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
Done deal as per ESPN

Yankees1962
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
Ages

2006: 32
2007: 33
2008: 34
2009: 35

Bernie is 37 now, Brian Giles is 35 at the start of next season. Damon has not spent a day on the DL in his life. He's a line drive hitter who's likely to hook plenty of balls into the short porch like he did in the ALCS.

His salary is very fair considering the other deals this offseason, and equal to Matsui's. It is also not outlandish enough that he would be untradable, see A-Rod, Giambi, Jeter, Mussina.


When the other options are Bubba Crosby, and platoon player in Michaels, and a player in Reed who is a big time question mark (and who knows if we could acquire). Damon at this few years is the right move

We still have the chips to trade for a corner outfielder (which will be easier than center fielder), to push Sheff to DH and make the defense even better.

Best offseason of Cashman's career.

However, i think i'm going to take a break from here since people cant seem to have real discussions about this without going "f*ck" this sucks cashman is a puppet hes a red sox gawd omg. Keep on panicing for no reason.
I agree with you about some of the immature comments. Some worry about the 4th year when the Yankees can either trade him or slide him over to LF while Matsui plays DH in 2009. By that time, the Yankees can have two younger outfielders ready for CF and RF.

RhodeyYankee2638
12-20-05, 10:15 PM
For this year, absolutely. The problem is that it is not a one year deal. You have to look at the bigger picture, and this could bite back hard down the road. If he has one Bernie year, it could be okay. If he has 1.5 or 2.....

Yeah, and if we sign Torrii Hunter next season, people will bitch. If we trade Cano and Wang for Kotsay, people will bitch. No one is satisfyed unless we trade Sturtze for Michaels (come on, they arent that stupid)