Johnny Damon could land somewhere soon

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UPDATE: Uh oh.  Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Journal News moments ago that Heyman’s report of a deadline is “not true.”  Considering Heyman’s involvement, it’s probably worth noting now that Damon is a Scott Boras client.

3:51pm: It appears free agent outfielder Johnny Damon could be close to finding a home for the 2010 season.

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman said this afternoon that Damon “has days” to accept a low-salary offer from the Yankees and the Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig received a text from the 36-year-old outfielder stating that he “should have a
team in a week.”
  Exciting stuff.

Damon batted .282/.365/.489 with 24 home runs, 82 RBI and 107 runs scored last season for the Yankees but he’s drawn very little interest this winter for a variety of reasons.  Clubs are beginning to factor in things like defensive metrics and the outfielder ranks poorly by such measurements.  He’s looking at a large dip in pay from the whopping $13 million that George Steinbrenner and Co. paid him in 2009.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.