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Yankees Only Want To Offer Damon Three Years

The baseball world seems to think the Yankees will find themselves in a serious conversation with free agent center fielder Johnny Damon.

But the Bombers, according to sources, have told Damon's agent, Scott Boras, they flat-out aren't interested in even talking about the former Red Sox star unless the discussion revolves around a three-year contract.

As of now, there's no substantive dialog since Boras wants a seven-year deal for Damon. Boras didn't return a phone message yesterday but he's believed to be waiting until next week's winter meetings in Dallas before accepting potential offers from interested clubs, though one executive said he expects the list will be short if seven years remains the price.

Via NY Daily News

Red Sox No Closer To Settling On A GM

With just six days remaining before baseball's winter meetings start in Dallas, there were signs that the Sox were heading toward a resolution. Former Orioles vice president Jim Beattie said last night that he spoke with Sox CEO Larry Lucchino on Thanksgiving and again on the weekend.

''I've been given an indication that the first part of this week I might hear something," said Beattie, the Maine native who was GM of the then-Montreal Expos and shared the Baltimore GM job with Mike Flanagan until getting dismissed by the Orioles earlier this fall.

Another candidate for the job, Dave Wilder, the director of player development for the White Sox, did not get a second interview with Boston, as did Beattie and Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden (who did not return a phone call last night). But Wilder may yet be in the running, perhaps in some kind of tandem arrangement with Beattie.

On Sunday, Lucchino called White Sox GM Kenny Williams and questioned him about Wilder; one of Lucchino's closest advisers, Jeremy Kapstein, also called Wilder on Thanksgiving with holiday greetings.

Via Boston Globe

Mets Still Would Like Manny

The Mets, unsated after getting first baseman Carlos Delgado from the Marlins, still are expected to make another push for Ramirez. A year ago at these meetings, the Sox and Mets talked about a Ramirez deal, and they were at it again at the trading deadline. These meetings will be no different, although the Mets have fewer major league bodies to offer. They do, however, have outfield prospect Lastings Milledge. The Angels can expect to be engaged on this issue by the Red Sox, who also will remind the so-far-unimpressed Mariners that Ramirez really likes them.

Via Boston Herald

Beckett Wants To Wear 21

Josh Beckett would love jersey No. 21, but the newest member of Boston's starting rotation knows the Red Sox might not hand over Roger Clemens' old number.

"I'm going to wear whatever they give me," Beckett said when asked about his boyhood idol and fellow Texan. "It would definitely mean something to me."

Beckett, in a conference call Saturday from his offseason ranch, said he's "pumped" to be playing for a passionate fan base after coming from the Florida Marlins.


Dodgers Add Grady Little To Candidates

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added former Boston manager Grady Little to the list of candidates for the team's vacant managing position, baseball sources told ESPN.com.

The Dodgers have yet to ask for formal permission to interview Little, who is currently working as a roving catching instructor in the Chicago Cubs' system, the sources said.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti declined to comment, and Cubs GM Jim Hendry didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Little joins Atlanta Braves special assignment scout Jim Fregosi and former Tampa Bay bench coach John McLaren as a candidate for the Dodgers job, which became vacant when Jim Tracy left the team by mutual agreement in October.

Bud Black, pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, decided last week not to pursue the position.

Little, 55, managed Boston to a 188-136 record in two seasons. He was fired and replaced by Terry Francona after the Red Sox lost to New York in seven games in the 2003 American League Championship Series.


Red Sox Nov 2005 Archive

  • BoSox Now Wagner Suitors

    The Red Sox could extend an offer to Billy Wagner as soon as Monday. Wagner already has offers from the Phillies and Mets.

  • Mota Added To Beckett Deal

    Guillermo Mota was added to the Marlins-Red Sox blockbuster when Boston expressed concerns regarding the health of Josh Beckett.

  • Seattle Not Interested In Manny

    The Mariners are not talking with the Boston Red Sox about slugger Manny Ramirez, and it is unlikely they will do so.

  • Boston Interested In Trading For Rangers Adrian Gonzalez

    Meanwhile, according to two major league sources, the Sox have spoken with the Texas Rangers about trading for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the No.

  • Manny Wants To Go To Angels Or Mariners

    Manny Ramirez? fondest wish ? currently ? is to play for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or the Seattle Mariners.

  • Papi: 'Manny Is Not Returning To Boston'

    "Manny lives a difficult situation that only he and his family know about, and he does not want to play there," said David Ortiz.

  • Boston Interested In Bringing Back Gordon

    The Red Sox join the Yankees, Orioles, Indians and Phillies as clubs interested in Tom Gordon, who set up Mariano Rivera the past two seasons.

  • Yanks Attention Shifts To Damon

    According to Brian Giles' agent, Joe Bick, and Bick had no conversations with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

  • Beckett Deal Is Done, Contingent On Physicals

    The Red Sox and Marlins have come to a tentative agreement on a trade that would send Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and a minor leaguer pitcher.

  • Red Sox And Marlins Close In On A Deal

    A trade that would send Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston for shortstop Hanley Ramirez and one of the Red Sox's top pitching prospects is nearing completion.

  • Wells Likely To Return To San Diego

    The Sox intend to move David Wells, likely to the San Diego Padres in a deal that could bring center fielder Dave Roberts and a pitcher back to Boston.

  • Red Sox Enter Beckett Derby

    According to baseball sources, both the Red Sox and Texas Rangers are having serious discussions with the Florida Marlins about a trade for right-hander Josh Beckett.

  • Damon Quietly Becomes The Yanks Center Field Choice

    Johnny Damon quietly has emerged as a possible choice to be their next center fielder, according to an industry source familiar with the team's plans.

  • Damon Opens Negotiations With Sox At $11 or $12 Million Per

    Scott Boras and Johnny Damon have high hopes for their free agent contract negotiations as they are beginning at $12 million per year for 5-7 years.

  • Giles Talks Going Faster With Two Or Three Teams Not Called Sox

    San Diego?s Brian Giles already has been contacted by the Sox.

  • Damon Close To Receiving Initial Offer

    The Red Sox are preparing an initial offer for center fielder Johnny Damon. The Yankees so far have shown little interest in filling their center field void with a free agent, but that doesn?t mean th

  • Vazquez Prefers Mets, Boston Most Likely

    Javier Vazquez, who asked for a trade from Arizona, would like to be dealt to the Mets, but Boston is a more likely destination given David Wells' request to be traded to the west.

  • Oil Can Boyd Surrenders

    Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd surrendered Monday to federal agents in Tupelo to face charges he threatened a former girlfriend.

  • ARod Beats Out Papi For MVP

    Alex Rodriguez collected 16 first-place votes while David Ortiz came in second with 11 first-place nods. Los Angeles' Vladimir Guerrero received the other first-place vote, finishing third.

  • Epstein Offered Dodgers Post

    There were strong indications on Sunday night the Dodgers have offered their vacant general manager's position to former Boston GM Theo Epstein, increasing their offer by including an ownership stake.

  • Roberts Could Return To Boston In Wells Trade

    If Kevin Towers had taken Boston's GM job, there was an excellent chance he could have persuaded David Wells to stay in Boston.

  • White Sox And Phillies Not Interested In Manny

    The Chicago White Sox will not be in the hunt for Manny Ramirez.

  • Sox Make Offer To Damon

    The Red Sox did make an offer to one of their free agents here at the general managers meetings, and by all accounts it was their top free agent, Johnny Damon.

  • Boston Admits That It Will Seek Manny Trade

    "Obviously we have to work together, and we told him we would be willing to explore that, said Larry Lucchino. "He needs to give us some guidance.''

  • Epstein Could Still Return To Boston

    Reports continue to steadily trickle in at the GM meetings that the Red Sox have not yet given up hope (however unlikely) that they can convince Epstein to change his mind.

  • Manny Says No On Philly

    For those keeping track of Manny Ramirez? preferred destinations in a trade, Philadelphia is not on the list.

  • Manny Now Wants To Play For The Mets?

    The Mets not only have interest in trading for Manny Ramirez, they also believe that the Red Sox outfielder has interest in playing for them.

  • Bowden And Beattie To Interview For Sox GM Job

    Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden and former Baltimore Orioles boss Jim Beattie will interview with the Boston Red Sox to replace departed GM Theo Epstein.

  • Five Clubs Shows Interest In Millar

    Kevin Millar is expected to have to take a pay cut from his 2005 salary of $3.

  • Theo Doesn't Expect To Be Out Of Baseball Long

    Theo Epstein doesn?t expect a long absence from baseball.

  • Minor-League Team Offers Epstein GM Job

    It didn't take long for Theo Epstein to get another offer to be a baseball general manager -- if he doesn't mind cuts in his salary and the team payroll.

  • Timlin Represents Himself, Gets $3.5 Million Deal

    Reliever Mike Timlin, who last season set a Red Sox record with 81 appearances, signed on for another year yesterday for $3.

  • Theo Dismisses Power Struggle Reports

    Theo Epstein on Wednesday dismissed reports that a power struggle with team president Larry Lucchino led him to walk away from the organization this week.

  • Varitek Takes Over For IRod Amongst AL Gold Gloves

    Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, Minnesota center fielder Torii Hunter and Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez won their fifth straight Gold Gloves on Tuesday.