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Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:33 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:17 pm
 
DamonThe Rays are nearing an agreement with Johnny Damon, confirms Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

While there is "some work to be done," it appears as if Damon will eventually sign a deal with Tampa Bay. He should help replace the leadership void left in the clubhouse and should act as the primary DH although the two-time World Series champion will also likely see some action out of left field.

Damon hit .271/.355/.401 for the Tigers in 2010 over 613 at-bats. While his home runs plummeted to eight from 24, he showed he still had enough in the tank to help a club, adding 36 doubles.

Another DH is also nearing a deal with Manny Ramirez set to find a new team by the beginning of next week, reports ESPN. The Angels, Rangers and Rays have been the most aggressive for Ramirez's services and the losing teams could turn to Vladimir Guerrero.

A source told ESPN that Ramirez is not concerned about money, but rather wants to get playing time and prove that last season's .298/.408/.460 line in 320 plate appearances is an aberration and he can do better.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:17 am
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

So you are being typical baseball guy and just staring at stats?

If you watched the games Vlad completely ran out of gas the last two months.

Don't get me wrong, I'd take any as a DH for the Rays, I just Manny focused just on hitting can have a massive year left in him.

Now that they signed him for only 2 million... can't argue that.  For that price, I'd sing that idiot all day long



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

I think bringing in experienced players that have experienced a championship is overrated.  I think having a young talented team that is hungry might have the advantage.  Examples from last year were the good season the Giants, Rangers, Rays and Reds have.  It seemed like they played with more energy and hunger than experienced winners such as Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees and Cardinals.

I guess my point is rookie Desmond Jennings could help the Rays more than Johny Damon.  If the Rays need an inexpensive DH, I vote for Russell Branyan. 



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Yeah Crum, Vlad was terrible.  29-115-.300 Really ran out of gas.

Manny 9-48-.298
Damon 8-51-.271





Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

How is Vladdy the consolation prize??  he will have the better year.



Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

& with Yanks & BoSox each having to play Rays 18 times, Damon should be fired up and be a big pain the doopah to both teams



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Did you see Vlad last year: awesome start, ran out of gas COMPLETELY.

Also was a MAJOR liability in the field, but let's face it, so is Manny and that is why they are going to be DHs.  

I think Manny can potentially have the biggest year... all he has to do is hit and get paid. 
Would not surprise me if he hit over .300 with 30+ HRs

I understand the Rays getting Damon because they need him to play some while Jennings (rookie) gets going to take over for Crawford.  I just don't like it though.  They need a right handed bat to platoon at 1B or RF



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

For strictly a DH, how can anyone argue with Vlad. Just look at last year, which is what you have to do at this stage of the 3 careers in question. I know he played in Texas, but look at the production. All three have had fine careers, in 2 cases HOF careers---maybe 3 if Damon gets to 3000 hits. Vlad should be the first, not the last, signed out of this group. Damon can play a little LF, but does Tampa really need that. They need to replace the power lost by Pena, and will need to score more runs this year. Vlad will hit about 100 points higher than Pena, and protect the the over rated third baseman there in Tampa.



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

If Damon gets 3000 he will get into the Hall Of Fame. that's a big if, but 3000 hits makes a player a HOFer. If he gets to that numver he takes the fast pass to the hall. That being said, he probably won't get to 3000. He's running out of time.

But any player that gets 3000 hits, no matter how long it takes them, is a HOFer. 
The one exception being Mr. Rafael Palmeiro.  But there are other factors at play in his case.



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

I'd rather have Damon than Manny or Vlad.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Scrape that garbage bin Devil Dogs you cheap skates. This proves that Tampa is still just a retirement home and that former all-stars like Manny, Vlad & Damon are now just  hanging on. Shame on "the network" for sayin Manny Ramirez is not concerned about money. PLEASE...next thing they`ll have one of their baseball insider dorks report is Manny`s love of the game and show clips of a thinner(non roided) Manny mashing balls in a batting cage south of the border. It`s always about more $ ESPN you know that!


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