Report: Johnny Damon Discussing Potential Reunion With Yankees


December 22, 2010

Johnny Damon wasn't up for a Red Sox reunion during the 2010 season, but he could be ready to return to the Bronx.

According to Newsday, multiple sources have confirmed that the Yankees and Damon are in talks toward a potential return for the 16-year veteran. The two parties have reportedly conducted multiple meetings discussing Damon's possible role on the team.

The Yankees are likely looking at Damon for occasional at-bats as a designated hitter and as a substitute left fielder, two starting jobs that have been guaranteed to Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner for the 2011 season.

While the deal is possible, sources are saying it is not even close to completion since Damon is looking for a more permanent role on a team this season, and could likely find that role elsewhere. However, Damon has said in the past that he'd welcome a return to the Yankees and has several friends on the current roster.

In fact, Damon is reportedly discussing the possibilities of a return with his good friend and former teammate Alex Rodriguez, trying to determine his fit with the Yankees.

Damon played four seasons in pinstripes before signing with Detroit last February. He hit .271 through 145 games in the outfield and at DH for the Tigers, while driving in 51 RBIs.

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