Johnny Damon Rumors: Yankees Say 'No, Thanks!'

Johnny Damon thinks he's a "perfect fit" for the left-handed designated hitter role the New York Yankees have open. The Yankees apparently think the veteran outfielder/designated hitter should go peddle his wares somewhere else.

Damon told the New York Post that the Yankees have, basically, slammed the door in his face. From the Post:

"We both are looking at other options now,'' Damon told The Post Saturday and called it "unfortunate.''

According to GM Brian Cashman, Damon contacted the club.

"He called and I told him the truth. He is not the No. 1 option if and when I turn to DH options,'' Cashman said.

The Yankees are reportedly ready to sign Raul Ibanez for the designated hitter role once Major League Baseball gives its final approval to the trade of A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Damon, 38, was a Yankee from 2006-2008. He seems stunned by the team having no apparent desire for a reunion.


Related: Damon's Career Stats, via FanGraphs

In a harsh rip job on Damon, the NY Baseball Digest takes Damon to task and insinuates that he has no one to blame but himself for the Yankees turning away from him.

That stance might be a little harsh. Damon, however, is still a productive player. So, you have to think there is more to the Yankees' decision than playing ability.

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