Is Scott Boras Whispering Sweet Nothings in Johnny Damon's Ear?

Alan ShimelCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

BRONX, NY - DECEMBER 23:  Johnny Damon (right) #18 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait with his wife Michelle and his agent Scott Boras, during a press conference to announce that Damon is Yankees' new center fielder on December 23, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Johnny Damon may be making decisions based upon bad information. That's what it sounds like to me after Yankees)&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher">reading Damon's comments in this article in the NY Daily News. Hey he would not be the first Yankee who thought the market was much hotter for him than it really was. Just ask A-Rod.

Boras has Damon convinced that since he is a year younger than Mike Cameron who just signed a 2 year deal with the Red Sox, he should get at least a 3 year deal. In regard to taking a pay cut from the 13 million he made last year, he points to Andy Pettitte getting a raise when he signed this year

But I think this is just Boras blowing smoke up Damon's ego.  Fact is Cameron signed for two years at a lot less than Damon is looking to make (Damon wants almost twice as much). Pettitte signed a one year deal and at about the same thing he made with bonuses last year.

Boras is once again over estimating his clients value and the state of the market. Look at the 2 year deal Bobby Abreu signed with the Angels. Look at what his former teammate Matsui signed for a one year deal.

But Boras has Damon's ear and Johnny seems convinced someone will ante up the kind of multi-year deal at big bucks he is looking for. I think he is wrong.

Damon either has to give on the length of the deal or the amount of money involved. There is little doubt he will not be the player he is today three years from now.  Will he even be able to reach second base from left field by then?

Someone should reach out to Damon (A-Rod maybe) and let him know the clock is ticking. If Johnny Damon doesn't get real about getting a deal done soon he may find himself the odd man out.

Lets hear what Scott Boras would say to him then!