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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

WWJDD? Sign with the Yankees

I am not as crestfallen over Johnny Damon signing with the Yankees as, say, my mother. If the Yankees desperation for a centerfielder means they will overpay for Damon, I say let them. Damon has been very good the last few years, but he's not worth $13m per, given his lack of an outfield throwing arm and his injury-prone nature of late. I think we've seen the best of him. Damon became such a media darling that someone was bound to get caught up in the hype and overpay him, I'm just glad it wasn't the Red Sox.

Unfortunately, the Sox now have some rather glaring holes at shortstop and centerfield. I hope the front office gets on that soon.

One reason I thought Damon might not end up a Yankee was that Steinbrenner would force him to be clean cut and ruin Damon's highly marketable image. But as Gordon Edes reports in the Globe, "Damon vows he will keep clean-shaven to accommodate Yankee owner George Steinbrenner." Funny how free spirits like Jason Giambi and Randy Johnson are willing to clean themselves up to join the Yankees. I guess I would shave for a few extra million bucks too.