Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sources: Damon wants same salary
ESPN.com news services
There is no movement in the talks between free agent outfielder Johnny Damon and the New York Yankees, major league sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Damon wants $13 million a year, his salary on his recently expired contract, and has indicated to the Yankees, through a conduit, that he doesn't even want them making an offer if they're going to propose less.
If the Yankees are unable to re-sign Damon, they are likely to look at free agent Mark DeRosa as an option, sources said.
Damon made $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $52 million deal he signed after leaving the Boston Red Sox in free agency.
Damon was New York's primary left fielder in 2009 and averaged 144 games in the last four years. He hit .282 with a career-high-tying 24 home runs, 82 RBIs and 107 runs scored as the Yankees won their first World Series since 2000.
Buster Olney is a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine.