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.
When Kenley Jansen experienced an irregular heartbeat last week some speculated that he could miss a month. That won’t be the case if he has his way. He said yesterday that he expects to be back next week, assuming he suffers no side effects from his medication between now and then.
Jansen threw a successful bullpen session on Monday, did conditioning work yesterday, and is planning to throw to hitters today. He’ll then travel with the Dodgers to Seattle and face hitters again on Friday at which a point a decision will be made about activating him. Given that the Dodgers are struggling, particularly with the bullpen, that decision is likely to be affirmative unless there is any reason to be concerned with Jansen’s health between now and then. He’s currently on blood-thinners and says he’s responding well.
All of that said, Jansen told reporters yesterday that there’s a good chance he will need a heart procedure in the offseason, the sort of which he had after his last occurrence of an irregular heartbeat back in 2012.
Jansen’s 32 saves ties him for the NL lead with Wade Davis of the Rockies.