The Yankees did not offer salary arbitration to Johnny Damon on Tuesday, which may not be such a bad thing. Damon, who is in Paris, said he was encouraged.
“In a better position since teams won’t lose draft picks,” Damon said in a text message. “Will now wait and see what develops.”
If the Yankees believed Damon could receive a better offer on the open market, they probably would have made the arbitration offer and taken draft picks if he signed elsewhere. By making no offer, the Yankees are again predicting a severely depressed market for free agents.
Damon is in Paris, Alex Rodriguez is in London. Life is good for the World Champs.