Could Damon really be a good fit for the Yankees?
I think so.
Coming to New York means dealing with pressure. The Yankees know that Damon can deal with pressure and will handle the city better than anyone.
The Baltimore Orioles are interesting in Damon, but does Damon really want to finish his career for a losing ballclub?
You would have to believe that Boras is going to make a call to the Yankees and see if there is any interest for Damon.
Although he is older, he would be playing as a DH and is capable of playing everyday if need be. Signing a 38-year-old sounds like something the Yankees need to stay away from, but he is still producing and has already played well under the bright lights.
Last year he hit .261 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 150 games. Even though Damon would be a year older, he would be hitting in Yankee Stadium. This would allow him to keep his home run totals up.
He would have another productive season in New York if the Yankees decided to take a chance with him.
If talks were to begin, there could be a couple obstacles standing in the way of a deal. Damon would probably want a two-year contract; to give him the best shot at 3,000 hits. The Yankees will probably be willing to offer a one-year deal.
In addition to the length of the contract, playing time would be discussed as well.
Damon will have to be an every day player to get to 3,000 hits in the next two seasons.
With Andruw Jones on the team to face lefties and older players who need half-days off, will the Yankees be able to play Damon nearly everyday? Would they let him take the outfield again at all?
He might not be the most likely to come to New York, but he will probably be the most productive and would not have to adapt to new surroundings as Pena would.
It will be interesting to see how how Damon's story plays out as the season approaches.