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Cashman denies Damon deadline

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has refuted the idea the Yankees are waiting for Johnny Damon to make a decision before moving on to other outfield options.

“That’s not true,” Cashman said. “I have a certain amount of money, and when I decide to spend it, I’m going to spend it.”

While Cashman has repeatedly acknowledged that the Yankees remain in the market for an outfielder, he said the team has “had no discussions on Jermaine Dye” and is “not on Jim Edmonds at all.”

The slow-developing outfield market has not surprised Cashman. After seeing last year’s free agent market develop slowly, Cashman said, he expected the same this winter.

“How long it’s taking certain people to wake up and smell the coffee, that’s what surprises me,” Cashman said. “When you get on the phone with agents, they tell you one thing, and certain agents can’t honestly believe what they’re trying to convey. Do they think I’m stupid?”

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: Here’s the latest story from Jon Heyman [2]. Clearly he has a source telling him something different from what Cashman is telling me. Also, Marc Carig heard from Damon today [3]. Damon says he should have a team within a week.