While the Yankees' primary focus remains pitching, they have been communicating with free agent Johnny Damon about a possible return to the Yankees for 2011, Newsday has learned.Ehh why not? Adding a bat like Damon's, even at 37, would improve the depth and give the Yankees a very dangerous veteran bat off the bench.
Four sources said that Damon and the Yankees were talking about a role in which Damon, 37, would get occasional at-bats as a designated hitter and fill in at leftfield, allowing starting leftfielder Brett Gardner to either rest or shift to fill in for centerfielder Curtis Granderson or rightfielder Nick Swisher.
Damon would prefer a job with more guaranteed playing time, two of the sources said, so a deal is not close and far from guaranteed. But there have been multiple conversations between the two sides.
Jorge Posada already has been notified by the Yankees that he'll be starting at DH for most games. One of the sources said that Damon has been communicating with his friend and ex-Yankee teammate Alex Rodriguez about the possibility of rejoining the Yankees and whether he'd be a fit.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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