Yankee Stadium is somewhere in this picture. Can you find it?
Clearly it’s a snow day in New York, but in Washington and Detroit, there are some updates on Chien-Ming Wang and Johnny Damon.
• It’s looking like Wang might be going to the Nationals. The Dodgers are reportedly out of the running — or at least, they aren’t offering what Wang and his agent want — and that seems to leave Washington as the front runner. Our old friend, and good friend, Pete Abraham reported this morning that Wang had already decided on the Nationals, and frankly, Pete is pretty well sourced in Wang’s camp.
• We’re still hearing rumblings out there about the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Tigers seem to have come front and center in the Damon sweepstakes. Damon seems to like Detroit — him being a Red Wings fan and all — and it seems the feeling is mutual, though it’s hard to say what kind of deal Detroit might offer. Atlanta has reportedly discussed a one-year deal with Damon. (tip of the hat to Tom in NJ)
Just my two cents on the Yankees pursuit — or non-pursuit – of Wang and Damon…
As always, it’s about what the individual teams can offer. I’m sure every team in baseball would love to have Wang on a minor league deal, or would love to get Damon for something like one year, $2 million. The Nationals, though, might be willing to guarantee Wang a big league contract with a spot in the rotation once he’s healthy. I’m not sure the Yankees would (or should) do that. The Tigers probably have more use for Damon at this point – more glaring hole at the top of the lineup – which might let them offer more than the Yankees (budget issues aside).
All things being equal, both Wang and Damon might prefer a return to New York, but until we know what exactly is on the table, we can’t know whether all things actually are equal.