Super-Duper Agent Scott Boras met with the media yesterday to talk about a number of his clients. One of those is former Rays DH Johnny Damon.
When asked about Damon, Boras said Damon played “very well” in 2011.
Of course, Damon did not play “very well” in 2011, with Rays DHs playing well below-average in most offensive categories. Damon is considered a positive presence in the clubhouse. And hey, that’s great. But if that is all he is going to bring to the team, then the Rays are better off hiring somebody like Cliff Floyd to be a coach. It would be a hell of a lot cheaper.
But then Boras may have accused the Rays of being stingy and suggested they could spend more money if they wanted to. But was he joking?
Boras half-jokingly suggested the Rays “have lots of money” despite their perennially low payrolls.
It is always Boras’ position that a team can spend more than they do. But it is interesting that he would single out the Rays when the difference between what Damon will want and what the Rays will offer will only be $2-3 million.
According to Ken Davidoff, Damon wants to re-sign with the Rays, so maybe Boras is just trying to squeeze every nickel out of the Rays if no other teams are bidding. Jon Heyman adds that the Rays are also interested, but it will only happen if Damon is willing to accept a big cut in his salary.