January 27, 2010

Free agent outfielder Randy Winn and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract for 2010, SI.com has confirmed.

The deal almost certainly means Johnny Damon's tenure with the Yankees is over.

News of the agreement was first reported by the New York Post.

The Yankees had been searching for an affordable free-agent outfielder and settled on Winn, who hit .262 with two home runs in 538 at-bats for the Giants last season. Winn spent most of his time in right field, playing 104 games there compared to 54 in left.

Damon helped the Yankees win the World Series for the first time since 2000, hitting .282 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs, but he was coming off a four-year, $52 million contract and New York valued the 36-year-old at far less.

"The Yankees along all have said they had $2 million and that obviously removed them out of the marketplace of a lot of talented players. We really did not have a lot to talk about," said Damon's agent, Scott Boras. "Johnny knew what their budget was, so there was never any expectancy. The Yankees could never make an offer because they knew Johnny's performance value far exceeded what their budget was."

The Yankees figure to start Curtis Granderson in center field and Nick Swisher in right most of the time, with Winn and Brett Gardner sharing time in left.

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