Recently, I read this post by Stalking Steve about Damon. It basically outlines how when Damon finished the season he said that he wanted to be a Yankee, but since then has pretty much turned down any offer that has come his way from the bombers. Though it does seem hypocritical, I understand it. Damon isn't one of these veteran players, who have never won a championship, and have to be on a contender. Damon is a veteran whose played on two HUGE world championship teams, has participated in some of the biggest moments in baseball over the last decade, and is now entering what is likely his last contract. That being said, if Kansas City offered him the 3 years and $39 million Boras was asking for, he should take it. In fact, if the Yoimuri Giants offered him that contract, he should take it. This last contract isn't about proving himself as a ball player as much as its about setting himself up for the rest of his life. Athletes retire early, and Damon probably won't be playing into his 40's. Do athletes really need all that money? Probably not. But they've gotten used to a life style, and I can't be mad at them for wanting to stick to it. So, I say now, that I forgive Damon for his apparent hypocrisy. We've seen it before with athletes, and its apart of the landscape. Now, the fact that he's misplayed this market is another aspect of this story, but I can't be mad at him for wanting to get the most money he can.
I came across this post on the Lohud Yankees blog, which has some info about the Damon negotiations. Cashman basically says that Damon and Boras were looking for what Abreu got ($9 million a year), and that he fully expects them to get it. Though Cashman says that, Cashman is no fool, and he knows Damon isn't going to get that deal. If he does, then once again, Boras proves to be more than just an agent, and starts encroaching on magical wizard territory. You can never say never, but I think Damon will not get this deal.