As yesterday the ex-Yankee told Michael Kay on his ESPN show that he would gladly accept league minimum money to fill in for Curtis Granderson until his broken right forearm heals.
Damon expressed confusion to Kay about why the Yankees have not called him yet after he has expressed his wish to return.
Could the fact that Damon is 39 years old have anything to do with it?
Or that he has been on the decline since he won the 2009 World Series with the Yankees?
Obviously Damon is not ready for his career to end, but if no teams are calling at all he might not have a choice. Damon has always been said to be a great clubhouse guy, and he is a smart baseball player so maybe coaching is an option.
But as far as the Yankees are concerned bringing back Damon, even as a temp is not a good idea. The last thing they need is to get any older.
I would rather see one of the prospects get a shot because you never know until you try.
Knowing the Yankees, I am even not getting my hopes up as it is clear that Cashman & Co. are petrified at the thought of a young player in starting role.
So I am readying for the usual, which would be a trading more of our youth away to bring in some overage and overpaid guy like Vernon Wells or Alfonso Soriano.
It is not secret that the former hasn’t worked for the Yankees in the past but chalk it up to Cashman always thinking about what can go wrong due to lack of experience.
Still if there is any truth that things happen for a reason, then this is the time for the Yankees to try something uncomfortable; and let the prospects duke it out to fill in for Granderson.
Bottom line is there are no easy or obvious answers here, as timing and luck play a big part in any success.
But Yankee brass did nothing during the off-season so it is only fair to at least try something new now. As the Yankees could be possibly missing an opportunity here, or it could fail but better for it to fail fast, right?