The New York Yankees will be without center fielder Curtis Granderson until May with a fractured right forearm. According to ESPN on July 25, a former Yankees' star has sent out the word that he is still available as Johnny Damon said he would be more than happy to play until Granderson returns.
Damon, 39, has 18 years of MLB experience and played 64 games in 2012 for the Cleveland Indians. Over his career, he has played for seven teams, including four years with the Yankees. Over those four seasons, Damon hit a high of .303 in 2008, before leaving to play for Detroit, Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the past three seasons. The Yankees won the championship in his final season in the Bronx.
Now, he wants to return to New York.
Damon was talking to ESPN New York radio and said he would play just the five weeks it took for Granderson to return and even said he would take the league-minimum to return to the Yankees for the short time. However, he said he doesn't expect them to make an offer.
"I'm not exactly sure what happened over the years or something," Damon said. "They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit."
ESPN contacted New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and he said they had no interest at the moment, although he didn't rule out the possibility.
"I hope they have interest but it seems like they haven't the past couple of years," Damon said. "I don't know why things would change now."