Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yanks focusing on their own for once

Despite free agents like John Lackey, Matt Holliday and Yankee killer Jason Bay, the Yanks seem to be properly focused on their own free agents: Johnny Damon, Andy Pettitte and Hideki Matsui.

Damon and Pettitte are the priorities, but both may be difficult to re-sign despite their stated loyalty to the Yanks. Pettitte has stated publicly that he was not happy with his contract and Hal Steinbrenner foolishly poured salt into the wounds by calling Pettitte the best investment the Yanks made last offseason, knowing full well that Pettitte was forced to take a drastic pay cut after the Yanks spent more than $400 million on CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira.
Damon, meanwhile, may already have one foot out the door if you believe the comments of his agent Scott Boras, who believes he should have a multi-year deal. Like I said before, I don't think the Yanks can or should give him even two guaranteed years so it might be time to say goodbye.

If the Yanks lose either Damon or Pettitte, they will at least get a draft pick in return, but won't be eligible for a pick if Matsui signs elsewhere.

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