Sunday, January 10, 2010

Can Boras pull Holliday trick with Damon?

Baseball superagent Scott Boras managed to secure a seven-year deal worth $120 million
for outfielder Matt Holliday from the St. Louis Cardinals even though no other team appeared close to matching an initial offer for less money and years. Can Boras pull off a similar magic trick with Johnny Damon?

It seems like a tough chore, especially with Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner openly dismissing the possibility that the New York Yankees will reenter negotiations for Damon's services. Boras apparently alienated the Yankees early in the process, first with a multi-year contract demand and then asking for $13 million per year before lowering that demand to $10 million.

Where does Damon go from here? There was talk of a possible fit with the Cardinals, but that has died down since the Holliday signing as St. Louis must save all available dollars to re-sign Albert Pujols. Current speculation has him going to the Atlanta Braves, which would be a good place for Damon. It's hard to imagine they could afford him at current prices, but anything's possible with Boras as an agent. The Holliday deal proved that.

Thanks to Onetwo1 via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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