Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bye Johnny! Winn deal closes door on return

Sorry Johnny Damon! Your New York Yankees career is now over. The Yankees have signed outfielder Randy Winn to a one-year contract worth $2 million to take Damon's place in left field.

The Yankees are getting exactly what they are paying for. Winn's not as strong a hitter as Damon (he hit .262 last year, but .300 and .306 the previous seasons), but he's a year younger. Plus, he's a defensive upgrade from Damon, although not necessarily from Brett Gardner. Even though I was rooting for Brett to get a real chance at the job, I knew deep down that the Yankees weren't going into the baseball season with just him as the left field option.

Damon had a legitimate shot this week at returning to the Bronx, but he and agent Scott Boras apparently couldn't put aside their pride to take what the Yanks were offering. With the market collapsing around him, he'll likely end up on an inferior team for about the same money. It's a real shame.

Thanks to Onetwo1 via Wikipedia for the photo.

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