ALCS: Boras talks up Damon

October, 19, 2009
4:25 p.m. ET

Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon is eligible for free agency this winter, and a lot of people are saying he'll have to take a short-term deal if he wants to return to New York in 2010.

Damon's agent, Scott Boras, is watching Game 3 of the ALCS from his box behind home plate, and he didn't sound like a guy looking for a one- or two-year contract.

"If stem cell research were around, you'd want to tap into that gene pool,'' Boras said of Damon. "He's 36 years old and he's got a 30-year-old body.''

Even though Damon's defense has regressed, he posted an .854 OPS this season and scored 100 runs for the 10th time in the last 12 years.

"Johnny Damon hits for power at home and gets on base on the road,'' Boras said. "He's got two different swing planes. He's on the field every day and he scores 100 runs every year. How many players can do that?''

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer



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