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Rays and Angels join Yankees with interest in Johnny Damon

Dec 23, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed Johnny Damon‘s chances of returning to New York and Damon himself indicated that it was an unlikely fit because he’s drawing interest from multiple other teams offering regular playing time.

According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday–who had the Yankees’ interest in Damon before everyone else–those other teams are the Rays and Angels.

Top prospect Desmond Jennings is the presumed replacement for Carl Crawford in left field, but the Rays could turn to Damon if they feel Jennings isn’t quite ready or perhaps simply use Damon at designated hitter.

With the Angels he’d likely replace former Yankees teammate Hideki Matsui at DH, although it would depend on whether manager Mike Scioscia thinks Damon or Bobby Abreu is less of a liability defensively.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Damon isn’t a defensive “liability.” You can insure against that. He’s a defensive nightmare by now. With that “throwing” arm, you’d have to send him to the outfield with a bunch of Fedex flat rate envelopes folded up in his back pocket if you wanted to have a prayer of getting the ball back to the infield before the game ended. For Damon, an “assist” means help getting his winter stuff down off the top shelf of his closet.

    • pauleee - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:42 PM

      Way late but, thoroughly enjoyed a game in Anaheim last year tauting Damon in left field. Then he makes a decent catch and doubles off speedster Juan Rivera at second. Nearly spit my beer out all over the woman in the next row!

  2. pisano - Dec 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    I’m sure the Yankees will gladly step aside so the Rays and Angles can battle it out for the defensive wizard Damon. A team must be grasping to want Damon at this time in his waning career.

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