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The Dodgers are interested in Johnny Damon

Nov 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

Johnny Damon

Or so Ken Rosenthal reports.  I can’t imagine why they’d want to go with another aging, ex-Red Sox defensive liability in left field after getting rid of Manny Ramirez, but there’s a lot I don’t understand about this world.

If the Dodgers do sign Damon, it would just be the latest in a series of bold moves for a team that many thought would be doing nothing this winter.  They’ve already signed Ted Lilly, Juan Uribe, Hiroki Kuroda and Jon Garland for cryin’ out loud.  I’d like a Damon signing the least among those moves, however.  This is a team that has a pretty nice rotation and a centerfielder in Matt Kemp who took a big step back defensively last season. You think you’d want someone in left who could get after the ball. Or, better yet, a centerfielder who could do so, allowing Kemp to be shifted to left.

As for Damon, if the Dodgers don’t really have any interest in him, no worries: Jon Heyman says that he’d be a great fit on all manner of AL East teams.  And if you can’t believe what Heyman says about a Scott Boras client, what can you believe in this crazy world?

  1. yankeesfanlen - Nov 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Who couldn’t surmise that Mattingly wanted a DH?

  2. dodger88 - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    If the rotation holds up (good bet), the bullpen improves (always voltile year to year) and both Kemp & Ethier (they have the talent), a line up with Uribe and Damon could be good for 2011 (defensive liabilities aside:

    Furcal SS
    Damon LF
    Kemp CF
    Ethier RF
    Uribe 2B
    Loney 1B
    Blake 3B
    ??? C

    A lot of ifs I know and beyond 2011 one has to question the wisdom of having Uribe but as it stands now the prospects for 2011 are going to be much better than expected considering how the 2010 unfolded.

  3. Amsterdamned - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Hrm.

    Didn’t like the Uribe signing much (would have been OK at 1 or 2 years, but three at $7MM per? C’mon now), like this even less. I like Johnny’s bat and his influence on the team, but his defense is terrible. I know the Dodgers are banking a lot Davey Lopes helping out Matt Kemp. Maybe Colletti is banking on Kemp returning to being a very good defensive CF who can make up the ground you lose with Damon in left?

    If that’s the case between Uribe getting three years, and this, Neddy boy is doing a whole lot of assuming this offseason.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

      Can Kemp also throw the ball for Damon?

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