Johnny Damon wants to return to the Yankees
With Curtis Granderson out for 10 weeks due to a fractured forearm, Johnny Damon wants the New York Yankees to know that he would be more than happy to step in.
The 39-year-old free agent, who won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009, told the New York Post that he is definitely interested in playing with his former team, and he isn’t asking for much in return.
“I would play for the minimum for six weeks,” said Damon. “If Granderson returns, I would leave. If there’s no room for me, I’m gone.”
Damon played four season for the Yankees, from 2006 to 2009, and batted 24 home runs and 82 RBIs in his final season with the team. Although he was interested in returning, his agent, Scott Boras, couldn’t come to terms with a new contract for him. Although he has played for several other teams since then, he always held out hope he could make his return to New York.
“You guys know that I would have tons of interest to go to New York,” Damon said, according to ESPN. “But I just don’t think they would be interested. They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit. It always had been. Have me for six weeks and then send me off on my merry way. That’s fine.”
Although the Yankees are in need of more outfielders, it seems like Yankees general manager Brian Cashman doesn’t plan on making Damon’s wish come true.
“We are focusing on what we have in camp right now,” Cashman said.