Boras has base line for a Damon deal -- 5:10 p.m.
The Angels awarded right fielder Bobby Abreu a two-year, $19 million contract before he even became a free agent.
Rest assured that Scott Boras, the agent for left fielder Johnny Damon, will argue that on the open market, his client deserves more.
Such a position could — repeat, could — be bad news for the Yankees if they wish to re-sign Damon to a one- or even two-year contract.
Both Damon and Abreu will be 36 on Opening Day. It seems doubtful that Boras could score three years or more for Damon. But all the agent must do is persuade one team.
While Damon benefited from playing at the new Yankee Stadium last season, he posted a career-high in OPS-plus, a statistic that is adjusted to a player's league and park.
Damon had more home runs than Abreu, 24 to 15. Abreu had more stolen bases, 30 to 12. Neither is a strong defender, but Damon moves better overall.
Boras has been talking up Damon's value as a No. 2 hitter behind Derek Jeter. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman does not dispute Boras' points.
The question, as always, will be price, and Abreu establishes a baseline for Damon.
Two years, $19 million.